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If everything goes according to plan, chaos and mayhem will erupt at Sagebrush Theatre this week.
People will fall — often — and doors will be opened and slammed.
People will come and go, ideally never meeting each other.
Behind it all will be the juggling of best friends Bernard and Robert — and behind all of it will be Daryl Cloran, also trying to keep every ball up in the air as he directs the farce Boeing Boeing.
The play, written in French and translated and performed in English since 1962, tells the story of Bernard, a Parisian architect and a man who, well let’s say he likes the ladies.
He’s engaged to three women, each a stewardess for a different airline and each on schedules that ensure they never encounter each other at Bernard’s apartment.
There’s Gretchen, a German, Gabriella, an Italian, and Gloria, an American.
Then there’s Robert, Bernard’s buddy who arrives for a visit.
Overseeing it all is Bertha, Bernard’s housekeeper, whose job it is to change the photographs of the woman as they visit, making sure everything fits whichever fiancee is visiting.
Add to the mix a new Boeing that flies faster, new schedules for the women and you have a play that, when staged in Ontario earlier this year with the cast coming to Kamloops, “the audience wasblown away by it,” said Cloran, the artistic director for Western Canada Theatre.
“They couldn’t believe how funny it is.”
Opening the play in Ontario at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque came about through a partnership between the two theatres.
It’s something Cloran is doing more and more of with WCT, sharing the costs and the casts between the River City and other communities.
This cast brings back Kirk Smith (Robert) and Anita Wittenberg (Bertha), but introduces Kamloopsians to Brett Christopher (Bernard), Kirsta Colosimo (Gabriella), Tess Degenstein (Gretchen) and Alison Deon (Gloria).
Cloran said he sees nothing but positives from sharing productions, benefits that go beyond the financial.
It not only exposes Kamloopsians to new performers, but introduces theatres in Ontario, where Cloran does much of his programming shares, to the talent from here.
In fact, he said, both Smith and Wittenberg have landed roles as a result of WCT productions heading east.
Boeing Boeing is all physical humour, Cloran said — “I don’t think there’s a surface Kirk doesn’t fall over” — but that makes it very technical for the actors.
One missed step and that slamming door might smash into a face, he said.
“They all really have to hit their marks.”
Cloran said he had to trim some of the script to have it meet a two-hour (including intermission) limit, but he doesn’t think anyone will notice the changes.
“And the time just flies by,” he said.
“It’s that funny.”
The play opens on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Sagebrush Theatre.
Previews run Thursday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 11. The run ends on Oct. 19 and there are no Sunday performances.Tickets are available at the Kamloops Live Box Office, 1025 Lorne St., 250-374-5483,