By Yili Wu, Editor-in-Chief
Boeing, Boeing was such a good play that it was out of this stratosphere! All sky-related puns aside, the GL Hilltop Players put on not one, but two amazing shows right before the Thanksgiving holiday.
There were four showings of Boeing, Boeing: Thursday night, Friday night, a Saturday matinee, and a Saturday night show. For the first time in GL history there were two casts of the show due to so few characters in the play. Each cast put on two shows, gracing the GL community with more opportunities to see this play.
Members of the Opening Night Cast are Andrew Clark (Bernard), Steve Lamaita (Robert), Lida Shamsaei Gil (Berthe), Rachel Cantor (Gretchen), Christina Bruno (Gabriella), and Rachel Zhu (Gloria).
Members of the Closing Night cast include Kevin Connolly (Bernard), Trevor Rittman (Robert), Shaun Procaccini (Berthe), Ellie Leick (Gretchen), Aziza Khalfan (Gabriella), and Emma DiMaio (Gloria).
Boeing, Boeing revolves around Bernard, a Parisenne bachelor, who juggles his love life with three different fiancés in this 1960s comedy. Each of his fiancés are air hostesses for different airlines. Bernard swears by his “time tables” that have all of the times of arriving and departing airplanes for every airline all over the world. Gloria is his American airline hostess, Gabriella is his Italian airline hostess, and Gretchen is his German airline hostess. The cultural differences between each of these women is evident from the food they eat to their moral values. While Gabriella insists on eating pasta, Gretchen prefers sauerkraut and frankfurters. As a result, Berthe, Bernard’s maid, is forced to cook multiple cuisines in one day to her disadvantage. Bernard happily enjoys all three of these women whom he love equally, and he is able to balance this polygamist scheme until a new “super” Boeing airplane is produced. The new super Boeing airplane makes travel significantly faster and will make Bernard’s polygamist charade even more difficult to manage.
When his good friend, Robert, from Wisconsin, comes to visit Bernard in Paris, the new Boeing airplane puts Bernard, Robert, and Bernard’s maid, Berthe, into a position where they’ll have to juggle all three at once when all three fiances arrive in Paris at the same time.
The result is play that will keep you laughing and on the edge of your seat for the entire night. Berthe’s sarcastic comments and shameless hints for more tips are gut wretchingly funny as she serves as a voice of reality amongst all of the chaos.
The actors of the cast did a remarkable job maintaining their unique accents respective to their nationality. Gloria’s accent is blatantly a Southern American one, and she never fails to flaunt her undying American patriotism and feminism. Gretchen romanticizes her long-distance relationship with Bernard and defends the deliciousness of sauerkraut in her heavy German accent. Gabriella’s Italian temper is illustrated when she refuses to leave the flat (apartment) and her distate towards the German dishes Berthe prepares since she was expecting Gretchen to come.
All the while Robert is caught in this whirlwind of drama as he dreams of finding just one wife in Paris. He is mesmerized by all three of Bernard’s beautiful fiancés, and is in shock at how Bernard is able to manage.
“Boeing, Boeing was a spectacular performance. It was so good that I saw both casts who were both amazing.Anyone who didn’t go to the play seriously missed out on a perfect production.”
Steven Lamaita, who played Robert in the first cast, said, “It was amazing to be a part of such an incredible production of an extremely challenging show. My cast and crew are like my family and I’m honored to be part of this amazing play during my last year at Governor Livingston.”
Boeing, Boeing was a remarkable success and a hilarious production. All of the actors and actresses in both performances did fantastic.