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  Boeing Boeing at Drury Lane- Oakbrook

Boeing Boeing

Drury Lane- Oakbrook
100 Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace

Set in Paris in the 1960's, this comedy follows the the flighty tale of Bernard, a jet-setting architect who is juggling three flight attendant fiancees with the help of his reluctant housekeeper. When his old pal, Robert, arrives at his swanky bachelor pad, Bernard proudly unveils his ingenious scheme. Despite his clever arrangement, Bernard's life starts to unravel when a new turbo-charged Boeing is introduced. In a hysterical whirlwind of mayhem, Bernard finds out that one woman is all he can handle. Boeing Boeing stars Saturday Night Live's Nora Dunn.

Thru - Aug 4, 2013

Wednesdays: 1:30pm
Thursdays: 1:30pm & 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 5:00pm & 8:30pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 6:00pm

Price: $35-$49

Show Type: Comedy

Running Time: 2hrs, 20mins; one intermission

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  Boeing Boeing Reviews
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  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Chicago Tribune - Somewhat Recommended

"...The script is funny, and that's enough for some good summer laughs, and there is an elegant (although weirdly roofed) set from Sam Ball, along with glamorously retro uniforms designed by Christine Pascual. But my, could this show use an injection of ... well, let's see. Paris. Stewardesses. Bedrooms. A handsome playboy. The frolic of the jet-set life in 1962. You don't need to be a fan of "Coffee, Tea or Me" to figure out that the necessary jet fuel here is sexual energy. And that needs everyone in the same room."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...‘Boeing-Boeing,” now in an aptly zany and breathless revival at Oakbrook’s Drury Lane Theatre, is pure cotton candy — an ideal escapist entertainment for the dog days of summer."
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Hedy Weiss

ShowBizChicago - Highly Recommended

"...The Drury Lane production of “Boeing Boeing” proves to live up to its timeless reputation. Set in Paris during the 1960’s, this comedy follows the story of Bernard, who is an American businessman who makes his home in Paris. Bernard has a groovy bachelor pad, a maid, and three flight attendant fiancées who he manages to juggle to satisfy his needs. Bernard seems to have everything under control with his fiancés visits by managing their flight schedules and interchanging their photos on his desk. When the various airlines decide to introduce a new turbo-charged Boeing to improve their service, Bernard’s fool proof plan becomes complicated. This change alters the stewardess’ flight schedules and Bernard’s control. Bernard’s extremely confident, cocky attitude is altered when his excellent arrangement ends up crashing and burning. By today’s standards the plot is very sexist. However, during the 1960’s this story line was exciting and routine. Most men strived to be Bernard. In fact, some men may still like his lifestyle. However, I don’t know many of today’s women who would tolerate being juggled with other women, or any man’s jet-setting behavior or life style."
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Russell Goeltenbod

ChicagoCritic - Recommended

"...The result is a manic whirlwind of mayhem that produces many laughs and constantly keeps us guessing as to what will happen next. The writing is scrip, smart and clever. The cast is wonderful with their timing as each character exhibits their own peculiar traits that makes them unique and empathetic. We cheer for Bernard as Stef Tovar exudes as a nice-guy even as he is a bit of a rascal. Nora Dunn steals some scenes with her awesome comic timing. Each of the ladies have their moments but this farce is really Daniel Cantor’s show. As the nerdy Robert, Cantor has the tough task of helping cover up and explain away much of the decitiful antics that Bernard’s plans necessitates. He is instrumental in saving Bernard from embarrassment while also gaining some love experiences. He is a hoot in this show! All the players learn lessons from the romp. We enjoy this well-oiled comic machine as the laughs keep coming. Director Dennis Zacek keeps the action tight and the flow brisk. It is delightful to see such a fine cast putting everything them have into the material. The result is a comic treat."
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Tom Williams

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Pulling off a “farce” is one of the hardest tasks of any acting company and its director. Over the years, we have been treated to many such comic tales where timing is of course the essential and many doors are used to “work the room” ( so to speak). Drury Lane Theatre, known for its wonderful musicl productions, each year, brings us one comedy, non-musical and for this season’s non-musical, they are reviving the “revival version” of “Boeing-Boeing”, written by Marc Camoletti ( translations by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans) and directed to perfection by Dennis Zacek ( one of our town’s finest)."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended

"...Dennis Zacek's production moves with the clockwork precision necessary for well-executed farces. In the first act, Zacek carefully introduces his characters, lays out the improbable situation and supplies all the necessary exposition, allowing his audience to learn what they need to know to enjoy the rest of the play. Then he ratchets up the energy and continues launching hell-bent into unavoidable conflicts that become frenzied and provoke unstoppable laughter. But this director understands when it's time to apply the brakes and allow his audience a few quieter moments in which to savor a finale where (unbelievably) all loose ends are tied up and conflicts are happily resolved."
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Colin Douglas

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Somewhat Recommended

"..."Boeing-Boeing" has been criticized on political correctness grounds, especially in the treatment of the three young women as gullible sexpots easily manipulated by the horny Bernard. But the play has no social agenda. It set itself out to be a slightly risque romp intended to disarm the viewer by the sheer velocity and complexity of its narrative twists and turns. In a perfect theatrical world, that should suffice to send the customers into consistent fits of giggles and belly laughs. But if the show doesn't work as break neck comedy, it has little to fall back on in terms of eloquent language or depth of character. It's all or nothing, and this production regrettably descends too close to nothing."

Dan Zeff

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