Reviews for El Dorado's production of "Boeing Boeing"
The comedy "Boeing Boeing," produced by El Dorado High School, can be described as intriguing and enjoyable. The play focused on the chaotic life of Bernard and how all the lies that he has worked to keep hidden, start to come out. It specifies how Bernard manages to fool three stewardesses from different countries in his flat located in Paris, France. We see how as one stewardess takes off, another arrives. Things begin to be chaotic as the new and speedier Boeing jet is improved, which creates chaos to Bernard’s time management with the three women. Also, the arrival of Bernard’s old school friend, Robert, doesn’t help him either but it does make Robert become an accomplice to Bernard’s scheme. Throughout the play, the satisfying laughter of the audience could be heard when a comical event would occur. The actors carried out a great portrayal of characters in their performances. They all released a lively and energetic flow in the show.
The show was favorable in every way. It is true that at times the energy would dull and the main actor would not release a confident feel towards his role, but with the help of the rest of the cast, that vigor would return for both the performance and the lead role. The way the set was created did give it a 60's feel, yet it also gave it a modern look which at times it would throw me off but it worked for the show. Overall, the set was decorated with lively paintings of shapes and it incorporated having the picture frames show portraits of each stewardess when she arrived. It also had 4 doors that led into bedrooms which where used to hide each stewardess when two or three would come together to Bernard’s flat. The doors helped to keep Bernard’s secret from the three women. This type of environment also kept the excitement of the audience during the climatic events of hiding all three women from each other. Nevertheless, the set encouraged the audience to be attentive when one
stewardess was about to met the other or when one came out as the other left.
The cast had an amiable flow as they performed, and they were all outstanding. One performance that shined was the maid Bertha played by Caitlin Burnside. She would bring tears of laughter and the clutching of stomachs when she spoke. Another characterization that stood out was the marvelous projection of feelings of Bernard’s friend Robert played by Johnny De Santiago. He was amazing in making us believe that he really was nervous whenever he would have the need to lie and his chemistry with Gretchen played by Breanna Bailey was amazing as well.
Furthermore, I can honestly say that this play was enjoyable in every sense. Whether it was the climactic feeling one would get when the stewardesses were about to meet or Bertha's expressions throughout the play, I had no choice but enjoy it.
by Victoria Almaguer of Socorro High School
Doors possess the remarkable ability to conceal what lies behind their misleading pretenses. One would never be able to foresee the possible truth that is disguised by these ambiguous thresholds. Whether it be adultery, immorality, or infidelity, doors are effective at keeping confidential information from surfacing. However, when skeletons start spilling out of the closet, chaos is sure to ensue. In El Dorado High School’s performance of “Boeing Boeing," a farce written by Marc Camoletti, nothing short of pandemonium unravels as one womanizing man must juggle his attention between three fiancées, all of whom are stewardesses for different airlines, each unaware of each other’s existence.
Set in 1960’s Paris and the play follows the suave Bernard (Brandon Salgado) in his efforts to prevent each of his ethnically diverse fiancées from discovering his polygamous ways. During a series of implausible comedic events including the mix-up of flight schedules, caused by the new Super Boeing jet plane, and the unexpected visit of Bernard’s old friend, Robert (Johnny De Santiago). Bernard’s “international harem” is in peril as each woman plans on staying at his flat at the same time. Depending on his maid, Bertha (Caitlin Burnside), to manage his complications, Bernard conceals the women behind different doors until his façade begins to hilariously crumble.
Every actor displayed impressive comedic timing and eloquence, especially Burnside and De Santiago. With exaggerated, yet appropriate, physicality and facial expressions, they exuded the energy that is necessary in a farce. Both had to improvise to overcome a potentially detrimental technical difficulty in a notably jovial manner, a feat worthy of many praises. Gretchen (Breanna Bailey), the German fiancée, commanded the audience’s attention as well, utilizing her character’s extravagance to her advantage. Although some accents and relationships were not distinct, each actor gave a valiant performance that often had the crowd in fits of laughter.
The technical elements of this production proved only to heighten the overall execution of this comedy. The set was aesthetically pleasing and captured the time period with the use of geometric décor along the interior walls of Bernard’s house. While some props and furniture pieces disagreed with the 1960s and hindered favorable blocking, the ambiance of this era was accomplished nevertheless. A few light cues lacked subtlety, but seamlessly illuminated the designated acting area. Costumes, accredited to Jackie Rucobo, Andrea Salgado, and Anthony Sida, fit the style of the era and added extra flair to certain characters, the three stewardesses in particular. All sound cues, flawlessly carried out by Taylor Heras and Alexis Anaya, were audible and adequately contributed to the environment of Bernard’s home.
This small cast of six thespians, several of them new to the stage, accomplished an exceptional achievement by producing this immensely humorous interpretation of “Boeing Boeing." This comedy put the privileged audience members on a flight full of thrilling theatrical turbulence to a destination of lunacy and hilarity. Passengers aboard the El Dorado Theater Society’s Super Boeing undoubtedly appreciated the hard work and perseverance of each student, all while filling the house with roaring laughter and applause.
by Rafael Flores of Montwood High School