One man plus three fiancees equals trouble - and lots of laughs.
Set in the 1960s, "Boeing-Boeing" is the story of a swinging bachelor with a flat in Paris and three - yes, three - gorgeous stewardesses who are all engaged to him without knowing about each other.
There's no way that's going to last. Because of a new, faster Boeing jet, all of the bachelor's fiancees are in town at the same time, and chaos is about to erupt.
The Tybee ARTS Association Performing Society is going to present the classic French farce over three weekends. TAPS president Samantha Claar said audiences are in for a lot of fun.
"It's really fast-paced and there's a lot of split-second timing as one woman is ushered out and another comes in," Claar said. "It's just one of those whirlwind scenes."
The play was written by French playwright Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverly Cross. It won a 2008 Tony Award and a 2009 Drama Desk Award for Best Revival.
"A farce is defined as a comedy that aims to entertain the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable," said director Michael J. Moore.
"This show, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most performed French play throughout the world, will certainly deliver."
Moore was the stage manager for TAPS' last comedy, "Til Beth Do Us Part."
He holds theatre degrees from Armstrong Atlantic State University and Belmont Abbey College, and has extensive experience in directing, performing and stage technical work.
It is unusual that all seven cast members are theater majors from AASU, not TAPS members.
"We asked him if he would do us the honor of directing this play," Claar said. "The play we were originally going to do was put off until September, so he drew from the people he's been working with at the college."
The lone Tybee resident originally in the cast had to withdraw. "We ended up with an all-college cast," Claar said.
"This is going to be our first experience of not having a Tybeean in the production," she said. "But we certainly are all involved in making it happen. Our regular Tybee actors are coming by and catching rehearsals because they're so interested in seeing other people at work."
The production will contain TAPS' famous singing commercials. "We will have them before the play opens and right after the intermission," Claar said.
Tybee business people are asked if they want to be a sponsor and buy a commercial. Those who do choose the type of music they want and Claar writes jingles for the music.
The sale of the commercials covers printing costs, including banners, and island businesses get some advertising in return. Audiences enjoy the commercials.
"They get a big kick out of it," Claar said. "They know the music. They hum along if they feel like it, and join in on the chorus."
Each performance is preceded by hospitality time.
"We have drinks and snacks and an art show that's up," Claar said.
"The first two weekends will be work by artists who have participated in helping this play happen and then the third weekend, we'll have an art show and sale," she said. "That will feature the work of 14 artists."
The experience is one not to be missed, Claar said.
"People should come because it's a pure enjoyment evening," she said.
"There's good company, good food, drinks, a fabulous cast, a good performance," she said. "You can't go wrong.
"And there are lots of laughs," Claar said. "We're really addicted to laughing on Tybee. We've all gotten to that age where we say, 'Why not?'"
IF YOU GO
What: Tybee Arts Association presents 'Boeing-Boeing'
When: 7:30 p.m. June 21, 22, 28 and 29 and July 5 and 6; 3:30 p.m. June 23 and 30. Hospitality hour begins at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tybee Arts Center Black Box Theater, 7 Cedarwood Drive, Tybee Island
Cost: $18 general public, $15 TAA members
Info: Call 912-786-5920 for reservations, which are strongly recommended