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'Boeing Boeing' opens Feb. 23, offers comedy and laughs in newly renovated Studio Theatre

February 9, 2016

Students appearing in the play "Boeing Boeing"
Virginia Tech students Maggie Gough (left), Ann Marie Soltis (center), and Sanam Hashemi (right) play the roles of stewardess/fiancee in "Boeing Boeing."

Playwright Marc Camoletti’s comedy “Boeing Boeing” opens Feb. 23 at Virginia Tech with eight performances in the newly renovated Squires Theatre. The production is part of the School of Performing Arts' Mainstage Theatre series.

The story, which plays upon a multi-layered cat-and-mouse game, is a playful comedy set in 1960s Paris, France. Bernard, a Parisian bachelor, spends his days romancing his three stewardess fiancees, who, blind with love, are all unbeknownst to Bernard’s activities. The show is filled with unsuspecting lovers creating humor and slapstick comedy.

“Boeing Boeing” first premiered in London in 1962. Three years later an American film based on the play starring Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis was released. The show has been performed continuously and was the winner for the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a play.

Faculty member David Johnson, who specializes in commedia dell'arte, continues in his 28th year at Virginia Tech and directs the spring production. Johnson hopes after seeing the show the audience will walk away with “lots of loud laughter to mitigate the dreariness of February and aid in anticipation of the spring.”

"Boeing Boeing" is a part of the 2016 Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference.

Squires Theatre is located on the second floor of Squires Student Center, located at 290 College Ave. in Blacksburg. Performances are Feb. 23-26 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and  Feb. 29-March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 general; $10 senior/student and may be purchased online, at the Student Centers and Activities Ticket Office on the first floor of Squires Student Center, or by calling 540-231-5615.

Free parking is available on weekends and after 5 p.m. weekdays in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Streets, in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Squires parking garage and the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional downtown Blacksburg parking information is available online.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email Susan Sanders or call 540-231-5200 during regular business hours at least five days prior to the event.

The 2015-2016 School of Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre series will conclude with the musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" April 29-May 1.

Written by Jessica Talmadge of Santa Barbara, California, a graduate student studying arts leadership in the School of Performing Arts.

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