Boeing Boeing

June 28 – July 27, 2013
Springer Theatre

“Fiancées are much friendlier than wives. And you don’t need all that many.”





By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross, revised by Francis Evans
Produced in Association with Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops, British Columbia

  • Fasten your seat belt for a non-stop ride that will take you up, up and away!

    Paris, 1960: Bernard, a successful architect juggles three flight attendant fiancées – an American, an Italian and a German. With the help of his disapproving housekeeper, Bernard thinks he can easily keep each woman unaware of the others’ existence. But with the arrival of speedier airplanes and an updated timetable, Bernard and his country bumpkin friend Robert must navigate the hilarious turbulence ahead.

    “The funniest play to hit Broadway in years.”
    – The Wall Street Journal


    “It’s deliciously, deliriously innocent. Pure pleasure and unconditional bliss!”– The New York Times


    “Brilliantly funny. What a treat!”
    – Daily Mirror

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    Playing at the Springer Theatre from June 28 to July 27, 2013

    Evening Performances: Tuesday through Saturday 8:00PM
    Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 2:30PM

    Running Time:
 2 hours 30 minutes with intermission

  • Cast

    Bernard: Brett Christopher
    Gabriella: Krista Colosimo
    Gretchen: Tess Degenstein
    Gloria: Alison Deon
    Robert: Kirk Smith
    Berthe: Anita Wittenberg

    Creative Team

    Direction: Daryl Cloran
    Set & Costume Design: Dana Osborne
    Lighting Design: Ross Nichol
    Sound Designer: Doug Perry
    Stage Management: Isabelle Ly
    Assistant Stage Management: Nicola Benidickson
    Assistant Director: Charlotte Gowdy

    KRISTA COLOSIMO (Gabriella)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: Seven seasons at the Shaw Festival. Most recently: Misalliance, His Girl Friday, When the Rain Stops Falling, Candida, The Doctor’s Dilemma, The Entertainer; Ivor Johnson’s Neighbours (Theatre North West); The Penelopiad (Nightwood 4×4 Directors Lab). Other: Graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

    TESS DEGENSTEIN (Gretchen)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: Time Stands Still (Theatre Aquarius); The Wizard of Oz, The Alice Nocturne, Fusion Project I, II, (The Globe Theatre); Sylvia (Mayfield); Death of a Salesman, As You Like It (Citadel Theatre); An Almost Perfect Thing (Workshop West); Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III (Free Will Players); What Gives?, Revenge of the South Sea Bubble (Teatro la Quindicina); Murdoch Mysteries (CBC Television); King (Showcase), and the CSA-nominated webseries, Space Janitors. Other: Tess has been recognized with a Sterling Award nomination for Best Actress for An Almost Perfect Thing.

    ALISON DEON (Gloria)
    For the Playhouse: Somewhere Beyond the Sea. Elsewhere: The Little Years, The 39 Steps (Magnus); The Railway Children (Mirvish/ Marquis); The Dining Room, All in the Timing (Down n’ Out/ Campbell House); The Shape of a Girl (First Light Theatre/ River Run Centre); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Touchmark Theatre/River Run Centre); Romeo and Juliet, The Secret Garden (Resurgence Theatre Co.); The Miser (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth NightLondon Assurance (Stratford Shakespeare Festival); graduate of the George Brown Theatre School. Other: Alison is thrilled to be back in beautiful Gananoque this summer. For JG.

    KIRK SMITH (Robert)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: The History Boys (Arts Club); Little Shop of Horrors, The Importance of Being Earnest (Persephone Theatre); Home Ice (Theatre North West); Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Relephant Theatre); My Fair Lady (Gateway); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Twelfth Night, The Rocky Horror Show, Compleat Wrks…, Romeo & Juliet, James and the Giant Peach (Project X); Seussical: The Musical; My Fair Lady; A Christmas Carol; Wt; Noises Off; Fiddler On The Roof (Western Canada Theatre). Other: Kirk is originally from BC and a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

    For the Playhouse: The Clockmaker. Elsewhere: Vigil (Theatre Kingston); I Am My Own Wife, Dangerous Liaisons (Segal Theatre, Montreal); The Gladstone Variations, Autoshow (Convergence Theatre); Antony & Cleopatra (Shakespeare in the Rough); Much Ado About Nothing (CanStage); Family Stories: Belgrade, The Sea (ARC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It (Theatre by the Bay); Mary’s Wedding (Theatre & Co.); The Importance of Being Earnest (Port Hope); Henry & Pierre, the watch for sunrise (Buddies in Bad Times). Other: Brett was recognized with a Masques Award and a Mecca Award for his performance in the one-person show I Am My Own Wife. He lives in Kingston with his wife and children and is the Artistic Producer of Theatre Kingston.

    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: A Christmas Story, Noises Off! (Western Canada Theatre); Circle Mirror Transformation (The Arts Club); Mourning Dove, Agnes of God, Holy Mo (Pacific Theatre); Ethan Claymore (The Belfry Theatre); Hay Fever, The Heiress, Enchanted April, Lost in Yonkers, Candida, Mr. Pim Passes By, See How They Run (Chemainus Theatre Festival); Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet (Stage One); Prelude (Itinerant Theatre Guild). Upcoming: Waiting for the Parade (Western Canada Theatre). Other: Anita is thrilled to be making her Ontario debut!

    DARYL CLORAN (Director)
    For the Playhouse: Till it Hurts; Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad. Elsewhere: Time Stands Still (Theatre Aquarius); Afterplay (Shaw Festival); All for Love (National Arts Centre); Generous (Tarragon); This is How it Goes (Neptune); The Last Five Years (Canadian Stage and Manitoba Theatre Centre); Fiddler on the Roof, Noises Off (Western Canada Theatre); UBUNTU (The Cape Town Project); RETURN (The Sarajevo Project); The Mill (Theatrefront). Upcoming: Tribes (Canadian Stage/Theatrefront). Other: Daryl has received the Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize for Outstanding Emerging Director, the Toronto Theatre Emerging Artist Award and Halifax’s Merritt Award for Outstanding Direction. He is the Artistic Director of Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, British Columbia and the Founding Artistic Director of Theatrefront (Toronto).

    DANA OSBORNE (Set & Costume Design)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival 13 seasons); The God Who Comes (Alberta Theatre Projects); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Soulpepper); Ed’s Garage (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Macbeth (Pacific Opera). Upcoming: Parfumerie (Soulpepper); Tribes (Theatrefront/Canadian Stage). Other: Cooper Award for Costume Design 2012, Dora Award (The Mill – Theatrefront),

    ROSS NICHOL (Lighting Design)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: As Set & Lighting Designer: Never Shoot a Stampede Queen (Western Canada Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (WCT & Persephone). As Set Designer: A Christmas Story (Western Canada Theatre); That Summer (Theatre North West). Upcoming: As Set Designer: Dreary and Izzy (WCT, Persephone & Richmond Gateway Theatre); As Lighting Designer: Waiting for the Parade (WCT). Other: This is Ross’ 218th design from coast to coast. He is a member of both the Associated Designers of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology.

    ISABELLE LY (Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Eight seasons, including Little Shop of Horrors, Till It Hurts, Summer of My Amazing Luck, Anne and Gilbert, Perfect Pie, Anne of Green Gables. Elsewhere: Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre), Where the Blood Mixes (Western Canada Theatre | Theatre Aquarius), Palace of the End (Canadian Stage); The Eco Show, Insomnia (Necessary Angel); What Lies Before Us (Crow’s Theatre | Canadian Stage); Third Floor, Canon in D Minor (Toronto SummerWorks Festival); Tom’s A-Cold, Ike and Pearl: A New Canadian Musical (Toronto Fringe Festival). Upcoming: Boeing Boeing at Western Canada Theatre. Other: Isabelle is a Toronto-based stage manager and graduate of the drama department at Queen’s University. She has worked in Marketing and PR for Soundstreams and the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Isabelle is happy to be back in Gananoque working on the first-ever co-pro between two of her favourite companies! Thanks to Daryl, Ashlie, and everyone at TIP.

    NICOLA BENIDICKISON (Assistant Stage Manager)
    For the Playhouse: Debut. Elsewhere: As Stage Manager: This Is War (Tarragon/PTE); Name In Vain (Decalogue Two), Leporello in Gehenna (Workshop, Tarragon Theatre); Harvest (Western Canada Theatre); The Lesson, Aurash (Modern Times Theatre Company); Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct); The Skin of our Teeth, Hated Nightfall (George Brown Theatre School). As Assistant Stage Manager: Ubuntu: The Cape Town Project (Tour, Western Canada Theatre/Theatrefront); The Mill: Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4 (Theatrefront); Sanctuary Song (Tapestry New Opera and Theatre Direct); How it Works, Democracy, Moliere, House of Many Tongues (Tarragon Theatre). Other: Nicola would like to thank her family and friends for their unwavering support over the years, and for braving the 401 to be here.

    CHARLOTTE GOWDY (Assistant Director)
    For the Playhouse: As Director: Peg and the Yeti. Elsewhere: As Director: The Comedy of Errors, Escape From Happiness, Better Living (Fanshawe College Theatre); Dumbo Squid (Summerworks, Birdtown & Swanville); Why Do You Smoke So Much Lily (Nightwood, 4×4 Fest); As Assistant Director: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Touchmark Theatre); 5B (Hysteria Fest); Imprints (Theatre Gargantua). As Actor: Three seasons at Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Grand Theatre, Blyth Festival, St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Odyssey, Theatre NorthWest, Resurgence (touring production), Theatre Lac Brome, Nightwood, Canadian Stage (Dream in High Park). Other: Graduate National Theatre School (acting); Ecole Philippe Gaulier (France).

  • Photos

    Official show photography by Mark Bergin. Click each thumbnail for a larger image.




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    Krista Colosimo as “Gabriella”, Tess Degenstein as “Gretchen”, Alison Deon as “Gloria”, Kirk Smith as “Robert”, Brett Christopher as “Bernard”, Anita Wittenberg as “Berthe”. Boeing Boeing, 2013.


    Audience Reactions to Boeing Boeing

    “Boeing Boeing” TV Commercial -CKWS TV

    Ashlie’s Inside Story

  • Reviews

    Prelude to kisses-and comic chaos
    -Kingston EMC

    4.5 out of 5 stars!
    Boeing Boeing soars at the Thousand Islands Playhouse
    -Alicia Jessup, blogger.

    4 our of 5 stars!
    The bumpier the ride, the more the fun!
    -Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig Standard

    TI Playhouse Takes Off for Another Comic Hit with Boeing! Boeing!
    -Lorraine Payette, Freelance writer

    “Highly physical show!”
    – Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail Critic


    Video Sneak Peek of Boeing Boeing
    -Eastern Ontario Network. June 28, 2013

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    -Gananoque Reporter

    Prepare to fly up, up and away with the Thousand Islands Playhouse!
    -Eastern Ontario Network

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