The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present “Boeing Boeing,” beginning May 3 and bringing audiences on a wild flight of lies and laughs.
“Boeing Boeing” is a classic farce written by French playwright Marc Camoletti in 1960. The English version premiered in London in 1962 and is one of the most performed French plays throughout the world.
The play centers around Bernard, who is juggling three different fiancees, and his maid who helps him maintain these relationships by switching photographs and clothes in their home before each girl returns home.
“The play is about a suave, elegant American man who is an architect lucky enough to get a job in Paris,” said director Roland Gomez.
Bernard is able to maintain the act because each girl is a flight attendant with a different, predictable schedule. But when a new, faster Boeing jet comes into play, his plan get completely ruined as the girls end up in the same place at the same time.
“Everything starts to get really funny when his best friend from private school comes to visit,” Gomez said.
Gomez has been a member of the Little Theatre of Alexandria since 1968. In addition to directing more than two dozen plays with the company, he also runs the education department.
The Little Theatre of Alexandria offers 20 classes taught by 18 teachers for both adults and youth ranging from improvisation to playwriting. Gomez, who calls the education club “tremendous,” explained that a student auditioned for “Boeing Boeing” as a part of one of those classes for “the experience” and ended up landing a role.
The classes take place in the company’s headquarters in Alexandria, which Gomez describes as having a beautiful 219-seat theater as well as a rehearsal space as big as the stage, a green room, dressing rooms and classrooms upstairs.
The company recently rented the building next door and Gomez said that they have “everything they could ever need.”
Gomez has been involved in theater since he was a child and continued well into adulthood. He explained that while some people just like to relax on the couch after work, he instead uses that time to pursue his dramatic passion. He said that the D.C. area is a great place to do this, and Alexandria really supports the company.
“Washington, D.C., has wonderful, really numerous groups,” Gomez said. “It’s good, quality community theater.”