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Fasten Your Seatbelts for MCT’s ‘Boeing-Boeing’

Sky-high farce featuring guest director Michael Cotey

Aug. 4, 2015
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French playwright Marc Camoletti’s Tony Award-winning play Boeing-Boeing was his first international success and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most-performed French play throughout the world. Now this farce masterpiece, translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, comes to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Bernard is living the high life in Paris with his fiancée—or rather, all three of them. His version of paradise is being engaged to three airline hostesses who will never arrive on the same day because they fly different airlines. But when his fiancées start showing up at the apartment ahead of schedule, hilarity ensues.

South Milwaukee native Michael Cotey, director of MCT’s Boeing-Boeing, says, “This is such a fun group of people to be in rehearsal with. I think the dream is to always be surrounded by good people. We are always finding something to laugh about even if it isn’t at all related to the show. Directing a farce is a real challenge, but it’s great knowing you’ve got such a giving group of actors and designers in your corner.”

Boeing-Boeing runs Aug. 13-30 at Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre, 158 N. Broadway. A VIP Party will follow the opening-night performance on Friday, Aug. 14; a free pre-show presentation hosted by airline pilot Wade Kearns will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 6:30 p.m.; and free pre-show talks with MCT Producing Artistic Director C. Michael Wright and Cotey will take place at noon before the matinees on Wednesday, Aug. 19 and Wednesday, Aug. 26. For tickets and more information, call 414-291-7800 or visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com.

Theatre Happenings:

The Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q opens at UW-Waukesha’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha) Aug. 7 and will feature an artist’s reception with Kyle Kingston, the theater’s resident poster designer since 2010, prior to the show at 6:30 p.m. This irreverent, provocative musical runs through Aug. 16 and covers themes such as bigotry, class, fiscal management, homosexuality and race. For more information and tickets, call 262-521-5212 or visit waukesha.uwc.edu.

Village Playhouse presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Aug. 7-22 at Inspiration Studios (1500 S. 73rd St., West Allis), featuring theater veteran Bill Jackson as Oberon. For tickets, call 414 207-4879 or visit brownpapertickets.com/event/1400504. For more information, visit villageplayhouse.org or inspirationstudiosgallery.com.

Theater RED presents the world premiere of The Seeds of Banquo, which offers a look into the life of 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth as he grapples with questions of honor, ambition and inheritance. Written and directed by Angela Iannone, Banquo runs at Soulstice Theatre (3770 S. Pennsylvania Ave, St. Francis) Aug. 13-23. For tickets, visit theaterred.com.

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