Thunder Bay Theatre offers up French farce

Fresh on the heels of the successful production of “Grey Gardens,” Thunder Bay Theatre now is offering up the comedy, “Boeing Boeing.”

Opening Thursday, it’s the story of Bernard, an American living in Paris, who as three fiancees. They are all air hostesses with different lines. Bernard has worked out the time tables so they each have layovers in Paris on different nights and can never meet.

But then the girls get transferred to the Super-Boeing, a new, faster jet that gets them all in Paris at the same time. With the help of his high school buddy who is over for a visit, and his Parisian maid, they try to keep all the girls unaware of each other in a hilarious, door-slamming farce.

“I’m very excited for this show,” said TBT Artistic Director Kevin Reams. “This one was my choice, and definitely my type of comedy. It is a French farce written by Marc Camoletti in 1961.”

Reams said the English translation by Beverley Cross was a great success on Broadway in 1965 and was made into a movie with Jerry Lewis. In 2008, it was revived on Broadway with a new translation, this one by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans. The show won the Tony for best revival and has been produced all over the country since.

“The revival kept the setting in the 1960s with its bright colors and costumes, and really helped to make the show look great.” Reams said. “It reminds me of episodes of Three’s Company, but at a much faster pace.”

He was able to bring in two new company member “interns” for the production. Ty Cook will be playing Robert, Bernard’s friend, while Puja Tolton appears as Gabriella, an Italian air hostess.

“They are both great actors who I have worked with before,” Reams said. “I was with Ty at Theatre West Virginia in 2012, and this past summer with Puja at Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre.”

Joining the two on stage are Jeffrey Mindock as Bernard; Nick Hartman as Berthe, the maid; Amy Groen as Gloria, an American air hostess; and Nickie Hilton as Gretchen, a German air hostess.

Behind the scenes, Reams is serving as director, Derek Spack as set designer, Groen on props, and Chelsea Jenkins and Suni Travis on costumes.

Performances are Oct. 17 through Nov. 3 with show times at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. For reservations, call the box office at 354-2267.