Tribune staff reports
Jackson County Community Theatre will present its annual dinner theater at The Pines Evergreen Room on Feb. 12, 13, 19 and 20. There also will be a special Valentine’s Day dinner matinee Feb. 14 and a non-dinner theater performance Feb. 18.
This year’s show is “Boeing-Boeing,” the 2008 Tony Award-winning comedy by French playwright Marc Camoletti.
The play is set in the 1960s, and Bernard, an American architect living in Paris, played by Kody Riddle, is engaged to three beautiful airline hostesses, Italian, German and American. He is able to keep, “one up, one down and one pending,” because of their predictable work schedules. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend, Robert, played by Matt Nieman, comes to stay, and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning.
Soon, all three stewardesses (played by Afton Shepard, Michelle Carter and Stacey Williams) are in town simultaneously, and timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms.
Berthe, Bernard’s French housekeeper, (Katrina Hardwick) adds to the comedy. “Boeing-Boeing” is a classic farce. The original French version premiered in 1960.
The English language adaptation, translated by Beverly Cross, was first staged in London at the Apollo Theatre in 1962 and transferred to the Duchess Theatre in 1965, running for a total of seven years. In 1991, the play was listed in the “Guinness Book of Records” as the most performed French play throughout the world.
A French film version was made in 1960, and in 1965, the American version, starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis, premiered.
The show is directed by John Hiester. Other members of the production crew are producer Katherine Stahl; assistant director Kathy Nelson; set builders Joe Bradley, Joe Reynolds, Joel McGill and Mike Nelson; backstage crew, Erin Nelson and Carlie Lucas; technical crew, Stone Riddle, Aaron Wright and Stevi Begley; and costumer, Julie Bradley.
Tickets for the dinner shows are available by reservation only at 812-358-5228. All tickets are $30. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. for each show.
A non-dinner, show-only performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at The Pines Evergreen Room. Tickets for this non-dinner production are $12 and sold only at the door. Seating is general admission.
For information about JCCT and the production, visit jcct.org.
The corporate sponsor of the dinner theater is the Seymour Oktoberfest Committee. The 2015-16 season also is sponsored by a grant from the arts partnership of Indiana Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and Columbus Area Arts Council.
What: Jackson County Community Theatre’s dinner theater production of “Boeing-Boeing”
When: Feb. 12, 13, 14, 18, 19 and 20
Where: The Pines Evergreen Room, 4289 N. U.S. 31, Seymour
Cost: $30 per person for dinner theater; $12 per person for non-dinner theater Feb. 18
Information or reservations: 812-358-5228