by Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts
Theatergoers recently hopped on board and fastened their seatbelts for one of the funniest comedies of this year’s high school theater season. On Sept. 10th, Huntington Beach High School performed its first theatre production, "Boeing-Boeing."
Sam Johnson was smooth and confident as the sly, triple-timing Bernard. Bernard’s maid and closest confidant, the saucy melodramatic Berthe, played by Rosella Juliano, helped keep order and the fiancées at bay as the over-the-top plot bounces wildly from one romantic entanglement to another. Berthe’s timing was near perfect, as she scurried back and forth to accommodate her "monsieur" and his hectic love life. Robert, ingeniously played by Jacob Menke, was also indeed quick to react, and caused uproarious laughter from the audience.
Robert Rotenberry and his talented cast executes the complicated staging with more precise timing than an air traffic controller at LAX. The show incorporates a variety of acting styles from the wildly overdone prancing of stewardess Gloria (Shannon Mahoney) to the understated mumbling of the complaining Berthe. Gabriella is perfectly portrayed by Rachel Fishbough, and Alyssa Hall plays an outstanding Gretchen.
Accents were spot-on from all and so well performed. I very much enjoyed Berthe’s accent with the attached long-suffering melodrama. The set was the same one used at UCI recently for their production of
Boeing Boeing and amply fit inside the Black Box's limited space with room to spare. The entire cast operated with an almost mathematical precision as they moved the script along. All in all, the whole production had a hilarious script and a risqué plot, and I thought the entire performance was a great ride. I loved it so much, I saw it twice!
Performed September 10 - 13, 2015
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