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Boeing Boeing, Birmingham Rep

WHAT a farce! This comedy confounded my expectations and gave the audience a good, old-fashioned laugh.

WHAT a farce! This comedy confounded my expectations and gave the audience a good, old-fashioned laugh.

Our story opens in Paris - the home of a playboy who is rather pleased with himself. It soon emerges that Bernard has three fiancées, all of them air hostesses.

Thanks to their busy schedules he’s able to divide his week between them and make sure that the ladies are kept in the dark. As you might expect, this finely balanced arrangement begins to wobble...

As the story unfolds, the plan unravels and Bernard has to work like a madman to keep the women apart. The lothario is wonderfully played by Martin Marquez - the madness and frustration as things go awry reminded me of Basil Fawlty at his best.

Susie Blake’s turn as Bernard’s sullen housekeeper also deserves a mention - her deadpan remarks often steal the scene.

This is old school comedy in every sense. Whether that’s good or bad will depend on what tickles your funny bone.

Personally I thought it was excellent value and went down a storm with the audience. I was pleasantly surprised that - barring the occasional lapse - it was clean comedy. The laughs came from the larger-than life characters rather than bad language or innuendos.

 

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