Broadway Features and Reviews
Broadway Critics Love Boeing-Boeing
By Broadway Magazine Staff, Broadway Magazine
On Sunday, "Boeing-Boeing" opened at the Longacre Theatre. The critics have voiced their opinions. A French farce about an architect playboy and his romantic entanglements with three flight attendants, the revival was a recent hit in London. Overall, the critics overwhelmingly agree that the production is funny; though most felt the play itself was thin. It certainly made most critics laugh. Praise was nearly unanimous across the board for the cast and director, including lead Mark Rylance. Below is a sample of the reviews.
"... Mark Rylance, taking a decided step away from his renowned Shakespearean diet (he ran London's Globe Theatre for a decade) and creating a staggeringly funny portrait of lust-deranged masculinity..."
-Eric Grode, New York Sun
"...Rylance manages a few moments of slapstick hilarity in a production that mostly lurches along in spurts."
-Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg
"...You see, the appeal of "Boeing Boeing" is the very opposite of what you might expect. It's not smutty at all. It's deliciously, deliriously innocent."
-Ben Brantley, New York Times
"Rylance is an astonishing actor, and his command of that stock farce figure, the stupid acrobatic clown who always makes out, offers delight in every sound and grimace that emerge from him."
-Clive Barnes, New York Post
"At certain points, the comedy becomes very broad, almost ridiculous. But it's such a blast, you don't care."
-Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
"Everybody else better tape their ribs to prevent fractures from laughing so furiously at the madness galloping across the stage of the handsomely renovated Longacre Theatre, where a giddy revival of "Boeing-Boeing" opened yesterday."
-Michael Sommers, Star-Ledger
"This time, the side-splitting treat should keep laughter-seeking audiences besides themselves with glee for at least 230 performances-and maybe even 2,300."
-David Finkle, Theatremania
"It takes a while to taxi down the runway, but when "Boeing-Boeing" finally lifts off, it remains giddily airborne, a deliriously funny farce that refuses to come down to earth."
-Michael Kuchwara, AP
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