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Turbulence Ahead in ‘Boeing, Boeing’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 17 to 26

The cast features: (kneeling, front) Susan Galli, as Berthe; (seated, second row, from left) Elio Lleo as Bernard and Andrew Timmes as Robert; (standing, third row, from left) Kyla Mostello Donnelly as Gabriella, Ashley DiStefano DeAntonio as Gloria, and Jennifer Nicholas as Gretchen; (back row, from left) flight attendants Nicholas Kianka, Madison Kotnarowski, Haley Schmalbach and Christopher Schmalbach.

West Windsor, N.J. -- It’s the 1960s, and Bernard, a high-flying pilot, is also a swinging single who is juggling three gorgeous stewardesses. M&M Stage Productions presents the classic French farce “Boeing, Boeing” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, Feb. 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Feb. 17. 

Bernard is living the good life romantically speaking. He has an apartment in Paris and is engaged to three gorgeous stewardesses, Gabriella, Gloria and Gretchen, who know nothing about each other. But this ladies’ man is headed for some turbulent times when a newer, speedier Boeing jet throws off his carefully planned schedule and his friend, Robert, comes to stay. Soon all three of his women are in town simultaneously and poor, timid Robert is caught in the middle, not sure who’s who and which lies to tell which lovely lady.

First performed in Paris in the 1960s, “Boeing, Boeing” was adapted for the British and Broadway stages shortly after.  A revival of the show came to London in 2007 and was performed on Broadway in 2008, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

The cast includes Elio Lleo of Ewing as Bernard; Ashley DiStefano DeAntonio of Hamilton as Gloria; Susan Galli of Hopewell as Berthe, the housekeeper; Andrew Timmes of Lawrenceville as Robert; Kyla Mostello Donnelly of Levittown, Pa., as Gabriella; and Jennifer Nicholas of New Brunswick as Gretchen.

Flight attendants who will be “attending” to the action before and after the show are Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton, Madison Kotnarowski of Trenton, Christopher Schmalbach of Palmyra and Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra.

The show’s production team includes Producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio, Director Sheldon Bruce Zeff and Stage Manager Angela Fasanella. Costumes are by Louisa Murey and lighting is by M. Kitty Getlik.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students. (This show is not recommended for children.)  Tickets are available at www.kelseytheatre.net or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater. 

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