Cackling, laughing in 'Boeing Boeing'

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Repertory stages a comedy from Feb 1 to 17 at Onstage 

Boeing is a name of a company which designs and sells airbuses that are used by the world's major airlines. This is why I can't blame you when you think of airplanes upon hearing the title of the stage play Boeing Boeing. But no need to think twice as you are not mislead. This farce* has a lot to do with airplanes- cabin crews, most specifically. 

Bernard Whitford, played by the very attractive David Bianco, is an American journalist stationed in Paris, France. A playboy, he has devised an ingenious system for juggling three different girlfriends, all stewardesses who are assigned to international routes on non-intersecting flight schedules. This makes only one woman being in Paris at any given time. When the schedules of the girls got messed up, this is where the comedy begins. 

I didn't notice there were no changes of set involved in this play. All the action happened in one living room but there was, in the most genuine sense of it, not a dull moment. The punchlines and the hilarious scenes were thrown one after the other, so spontaneous that the 2-hour play seemed to pass so quickly as I watched it at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt. Did I mention there were just 6 cast in the play? The fewest I've seen in a stage production but this ensemble is for me, the best so far. 

The story revolves around David's character but my major sources of laughter are Topper Fabregas (Robert, Bernard's friend) and the three flight stewardesses: Giannina Ocampo (Gabriella, an Italian),  Jennifer Blair Bianco (Gloria, the American), and Carla Dunareanu (Gretchen, the German). 

Concealed in timidness, Robert needs to cover his friend Bernard as the girls' flights got cancelled and they were pushed to stay in Paris at the same time. Topper portrayed this splendidly. He presented the kind of timidness which is smart, adorable, and sidesplitting. I might sound unfair as I have not heard him sing but with the numerous, closed to overwhelming lines he aced, non-musical and comedy shows are perfect materials for Topper. Watchout for those tiny facial movements. Those delivered half the hilarity. 

Beautiful, sharp, vibrant and to some 'kikay' girls, relateable, the stars of the night would probably be the three cabin crews. In an extravaganza of humor coming out from their unequivocal impersonation of international accents, Giannina, Carla and Jennifer shimmered as bright as the airline uniforms they were wearing. Sassy and with superb acting abilities which would have your attention glued to them from the moment they will open their mouth up to their stage exit, I can say the three ladies wound up an excellent job to whoever casted them. 

The biggest accent homework might have been given to Giannina as Carla and Jennifer have German and American blood running through their veins, but she too was flawless. "I could not count anymore how many Sophia Loren movies I've watched. I had tutorials on speaking Italian in YouTube and I even Skyped with an Italian girl for some tips", Giannina shared during the post-performance presscon. But if you'll insist on making me identify the best actress, I would say Carla and her yellow Lufthansa suit glittered the brightest. However, a citation for the Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Play would be more appropriate. 

For those who want to take a break from musicals, this is your chance. I bet it will take another long time for you to be entertained like this. Boeing Boeing is directed by Miguel Faustmann and is being staged in Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1 on February 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17. For ticket inquiries, visit Repertory Philippines' website at 

*FARCE is a comedy that aims at entertaining the audience by means of unlikely, extravagant, and improbable situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humor of varying degrees of sophistication, which may also include word play. 

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