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‘Boeing Boeing’: A Laughing-Out-Loud Treat from Start-to-Finish


‘Boeing Boeing’ is another comical play presented by the country’s premiere English-speaking theater company that combines both veterans and rising thespians in a story of roller-coaster relationship of a successful Parisian architect named Bernard Whitford with his three equally irresistible fi·an·cées, all flight attendants–Giannina Ocampo as Gabriella of Alitalia, Carla Dunareanu as Gretchen of Lufthansa, and as Gloria of TWA.

'Boeing Boeing' cast and director (L-R): David Bianco, Topper Fabregas, Baby Barredo, Carla Dunareanu, Jennifer Blair-Bianco, Giannina Ocampo, Joy Virata, and director Miguel Faustmann. Photograph courtesy of Jory Rivera.

‘Boeing Boeing’ cast and director (L-R): David Bianco, Topper Fabregas, Baby Barredo, Carla Dunareanu, Jennifer Blair-Bianco, Giannina Ocampo, Joy Virata, and director Miguel Faustmann. Photograph courtesy of Jory Rivera.

Despite the changes in the original cast members, David Bianco and Topper Fabregas who replaced Michael De Mesa and Michael Williams as Bernard and Robert, respectively–they still managed to pull off and tickled the audience with their brand of comical antics. Both male actors provided a brand of hilarity with natural comical timing, caught in the web of adventures and misadventures with women. Apart from the two male leads, Ocampo, Dunareanu, and Blair-Bianco were not just equally engaging and funny, but these ladies truly made the said production a laughing out loud experience from start-to-finish.

Yes, the three ladies were scene-stealers. They have their respective moments and rendered consistent remarkable acting without dropping their audience to diminishing attention. Bianco and Fabregas on the other hand, truly had their amazing acts that showcased their comic flair. Even Baby Barredo who has been in hiatus for quite sometime in acting onstage hasn’t lost her magic–she’s still the same Baby Barredo as she effectively tackled Bertha, Bernard’s housekeeper.

Miguel Faustmann did a humorous direction in this 46th season opener presentation. He did well in fastening the audience to their seatbelts and did give them a laughing ride for hours. If one wants to go for good laughs for a Valentine’s date, ‘Boeing Boeing’ is an ideal treat. Lovers would have a mutually shared fun while watching the characters do their antics onstage. Its artistic team that composed of Faustmann as set designer, Raven Ong as costume designer, John Batalla as lighting designer, and Jamie Wilson as sound designer did a great concerted effort in making this production a hit.

‘Boeing Boeing is a classic farce piece written by French playwright Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans. It opened on January 25 and will run till February 17 at Onstage, Greenbelt One, in Makati City. For further inquiries regarding the details of show, please call (632) 5716926 or 5714941 or email info@repertory.ph or log on to repertory.ph. Tickets are also available via Ticketworld call (632) 8919999.

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