BOTTOM LINE: A funny, fast-paced farce with a first rate cast. Seriously, see this show right now!
The latest production to grace the boards at The Longacre Theatre is Marc Camoletti's comedy Boeing Boeing. The play comes to Broadway after a very successful run in the West End in London. It tells the story of Bernard, an American architect living in Paris, who has been juggling his three flight attendant fiancées with the help of his dedicated maid. One faithful day, Bernard's friend, Robert, arrives and things start to fall apart. With the introduction of a new, faster Boeing jet and the threat of inclement weather, Bernard's three fiancées all ascend onto his Bachelor pad and hilarity ensues.
The cast is lead by Emmy winner Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) and Tony and Emmy award winning stage veteran, Christine Baranski (Cybill and the upcoming film adaptation of Mamma Mia!). They are joined by the three fiancées: Kathryn Hahn (Crossing Jordan) who plays a sex crazed American flight attendant, Gina Gershon (Ugly Betty, Showgirls) who summons her inner Sophia Loren to bring to life a fiery Italian, and Mary McCormack (The West Wing, In Plain Sight) who is utterly brilliant as an over-bearing German lover. Finally, Mark Rylance holds the whole play together reprising his West End performance as the neurotic friend who fiends off the fiancées and tries to keep his friend's complicated love life in tact.
So, I laughed a lot at this show. I mean A LOT. It's old school farce at its best and one of the funniest plays that I've seen on Broadway in a while. The play is pure fun and I can't think of anyone that wouldn't laugh at least a little. In fact, I challenge you to see this show and not laugh. You won't win, but I challenge you anyway. Mary McCormack, Tony nominated for her performance, gives probably the funniest performance that I have seen since Julie White in Little Dog Laughed and her performance alone is worth the price of admission. This play was nominated for a slew of Tonys and I can almost guarantee it will win Best Revival, so go and see it now while you can still get tickets. I hope that this high flying comedy will be with us for a long time, but that can only happen if you go and see it. What are you waiting for? Go now!
(Boeing Boeing plays at the Longacre Theatre, 220 W 48th Street. Performances are Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday & Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $26.50-$99.50, call 212.239.6200 or go to telecharge.com. Visit www.boeingonbroadway.com for more info.)