Love is in the Air: “Boeing Boeing” Takes Off on UNCW’s Stage in February

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Department of Theatre continues its 2016-17 season with “Boeing Boeing,” Feb. 16-19 and 23-26.

Written by French Playwright Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, the play is a quick-witted farce directed by Ed Wagenseller, associate professor of theatre. It follows Bernard, a bachelor who tries to balance three separate engagements to three different airline stewardesses with two things in common… air travel and him.

“In the words of former UNCW professor and mentor Terry Rogers, ‘life at its best is a farce,’” said Wagenseller. “If you find it exasperating to watch someone put ketchup on pancakes or get enjoyment seeing someone struggle with love more than you, then this is the play for you.”

“Boeing Boeing” was first staged in London in 1962 and ran for a total of seven years. It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most-performed French play in the world. The 2008 Broadway revival production starring Mark Rylance and Bradley Whitford received rave reviews.

“Boeing Boeing” runs at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

All shows will take place at the Mainstage Theatre in the UNCW Cultural Arts Building. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for seniors, UNCW employees and alumni; and $6 for students (sales tax included). They are available online or at the Kenan Box Office by calling 910.962.3500. Tickets can also be purchased in person one hour prior to each show.

Other shows in the 2016-17 lineup:
“Hand to God” by Robert Askins (Terry Rogers Student Lab Series)
Directed by Matt Carter
SRO Blackbox Theatre
March 16-19

“The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Robin Post
Mainstage Theatre 
March 30-April 2 & April 6-9

--Caroline Cropp