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Boeing Boeing - Sheffield Crucible

Published by: Paul Tyree on 20th May 2014 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree


Boeing Boeing

By Marc Camoletti

Sheffield Crucible

Playing until Sat 7th June

Boeing Boeing is the first farce to grace the Crucible stage since its refurbishment and it is a suitably slick affair as befits the wonderful main stage. Indeed the design by Fabrice Serafino is almost a character in its own right, so wonderfully does it evoke the 60’s.

Telling the story of Bernard, played in a fantastically louche manner by Christian Mckay, and how he manages to juggle 3 different fiancés thanks to the fact that they are all air hostesses with different airlines. This, of course, is the set up for the comedy as it all goes horribly wrong one weekend when Bernard has an old friend, called Robert, visiting.

The laughs it has to be said come thick and fast as the situation becomes ever more awkward.

Joseph Kloska gives a decent performance as Robert the friend tasked with keeping the women apart from each other. If I’m honest it seemed a little underpowered and safe for my liking as the farce could have benefitted from an even more energetic and manic performance. This, however is a minor quibble as generally the performances were excellent.

Best of all was Lizzie Winkler as Gretchen the ‘German Fiance’. Her performance seemed to physically and artistically lift this production to a higher level whenever she was on stage. Julia Deakin was also excellent as Bernard’s increasingly world weary and sarcastic maid.

Overall this production is extremely solid, very funny and will do no harm to the Crucibles reputation as a production house at all.

Slick, smart and extremely likeable.


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. This sounds like a great production. Tickets available HERE
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