Hilarious twist of fate

By Tahnee Hopman, Pix. by M.A. Pushpa Kumara

Forty-year-old Bernard Lawrence is a self proclaimed polygamist who enjoys his life immensely.
“Fiancés,” he says, “are much more friendly than wives; and you don’t need that many I do very well with three... It’s the ideal number — less than three would be monotonous, more than three would be terribly tiring. Three is just perfect.”

Having devised an ingenious system — dating stewardesses who are assigned to international routes on non-intersecting flight schedules in which he is able to juggle three fiancés in one apartment, and timetables which are adhere to his long suffering housekeeper Bertha, each of them unaware of the other’s presence in the apartment.

In a hilarious twist of fate, the tables are well and truly turned on the suave playboy when the airlines his fiancés work for, invest in a new state of the art airplane- the super Boeing, which would not only enable them to visit more often, but would also mess up Bernard’s carefully plotted schedules and slick juggling of the fiancés.

Watch Bernard Lawrence as he finds himself in a very sticky situation in Boeing Boeing — the latest comedy to be produced by Silent Hands Productions and directed by Jehan Bastians and Neidra Williams.

A farce written by Marc Camellotti, Boeing Boeing is a French drama translated into English by Beverly Cross. It will take the boards of the Lionel Wendt from January 23-25 at 7.00pm.

Seven actors of the Silent Hands crew - Gehan Blok, Niren Neydorff, Charith de Silva, Neidra Williams, Michelle Herft, Celina Cramer and Keshiya Leitch give wing to the next comedy to be presented to the Colombo audience.

Having directed many Ray Cooney comedies, the two ‘chief silent hands’ Jehan and Neidra both look forward to the staging of the drama, having had to face a new set of directional challenges along the way.

“In contrast to Ray Cooney’s works,” says Jehan, “Marc Camellotti’s comedies are far more director based, in that there is a lot of scope for different interpretations and for the director to add stage directions and other details which would add value to the performance.”

“The interaction and on stage chemistry between the actors is coming along nicely,”comments Neidra, adding that there is a great deal of input from the actors themselves - most of whom are experienced comedy actors.

The performance also has a treat in store for one lucky member of the audience each night - a free air ticket each to Singapore, Bangkok and Malaysia, sponsored by Classic Travels.

Other sponsors include TNL Radio and TNL Lite as electronic media sponsors, and The Daily Mirror and The Sunday Times as print media sponsors.

Tickets priced at Rs. 1000/-, 750/-, 650/-, 350/- and 250/- (balcony) will be available at the Lionel Wendt.

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