Fancy a play that keeps you at the edge of the seat, bursting into laughter instead of screams? If yes, then BOEING BOEING is the show for you.
Written in the grand tradition of the French bedroom farce, BOEING BOEING has been performed all over the world since its Parisian premiere in December 1960. It has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most performed French play throughout the world.
W!LD RICE’s Boeing Boeing first opened at Raffles Hotel’s Jubilee Hall in October 2002. It was the first production to set the play in Asia. Due to overwhelming popular demand, Boeing Boeing has been re-staged twice in 2005 at Victoria Theatre and in 2010 at the Drama Centre Theatre with sold-out house for all three productions. In this fourth staging of Boeing Boeing, Pam Oei who played Miss Cathay Pacific in the 2002 and 2005 production takes up the pilot seat as the director of this new iteration with a brand new cast and a new spray of humor with the latest happenings in the region.
A hot passionate comedy play that tell a story of a promising architect who has three air stewardess as his fiancées, one would find it hard to keep up with the number of actual kisses given to the male actors throughout the performance, I gave up halfway trying to count. But also a thriller as one's heart thumps in anticipation over who will next come through as the doors open. Perhaps as Singaporeans, we don't really like to be forced into a position of confrontation with another. Therefore if you have never seen this show before, like I did, the gradual build up of events that foreshadow the eventual showdown leaves you hanging by the edge of your seats, thinking to yourself, "oh my god, oh my god...what will happen if all of them meet?"
Some might presume the "stereotyping" of ethnicity or nationality by the stewardess as being offensive, but through the skills of the actresses, rather than being offensive with overly exaggerated actions, the finely balanced performance by the three bring a sense of familiarity to the audience and immersion into the act.
Judee Tan who plays Jin Jin, a stewardess from Air China, draws laughter at her over-the-top descriptions of her love for Bernard (Rodney Oliveiro) and not at her ethnicity, while Sangeetha Dorai who plays Jayanthi, a stewardess from Air India, portrays an impressionable Indian national with values that one would respect, with laughing points around how awkward the other characters have to navigate around her uncompromising stance. As for Oon Shu An, who plays a stewardess from Air Singapore, her cute lovely Ah-lian character though materialistic gives solace to the audience that she is ultimately unharmed by Bernard's triple-timing act.
While the publicity material have the three stewardess as the main leads, but the domestic worker, Roza (Bibeth Orteza) and Bernard's friend, Robert (Shane Mardjuki) are equally, if not more important, in getting the whole comedy to gel together. As the three stewardess are not meant to appear at the same time, the two characters provide a continuity to the conversations and gag throughout the whole show. Well for Bernard? For all the kisses he got, he doesn't need any review about his character.
As Roza puts it, "it is not easy" for such a fast pace comedy play to work out with little margin of error to spare but W!LDRICE has shown to the audience that it is not "impossible". A two-hour performance that leaves you wanting for more at the end of the show, so purchase your tickets and buckle your seatbelt for a satisfying ride.
To purchase the tickets, visit SISTIC's website here.
Tue to Sat: 8.00pm
Sat & Sun: 3.00pm
Tues - Thur, 8.00pm
Standard: S$75, S$65, S$50Fri & Sat, 8.00pm and Sat & Sun, 3.00pm
Standard: S$80, S$70, S$55