Media Advisory  / For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Hart House Theatre presents
a farce of international proportions
Boeing Boeing
Boeing Boeing Toronto, Ontario - Opening February 26, Hart House Theatre is pleased to bring a world-wide audience favourite to our stage. Lauded as the most performed French play throughout the world, this English translation boasts several successful revivals in London and New York. Directed by Toronto talent Cory Doran and starring a cast of trained, emergent performers, our production of Boeing Boeing promises to be an energetic and fast-paced farce with the high production value that Hart House Theatre audiences enjoy.
Boeing Boeing is a non-stop comedy and a romp of international proportions. Full of hijinks, near misses and sexual innuendo, Boeing Boeing is like a bite of fluffy French pastry - a delicious treat, except this one comes without any guilt or troublesome consequences.

Cory Doran We are honoured to have Cory Doran return to Hart House Theatre to direct this project. His past work has earned him praise for the use of physical comedy, the timing of his work and the nuanced way in which he helps the performers bring their characters to life.

When asked about his thoughts on this period farce and what it had to offer an audience, Cory had this to say:

"Boeing Boeing is a hilarious fast paced take on what happens when someone tries to enjoy life beyond their own capabilities. Bernard is living his idea of paradise as a playboy in early 1960's Paris. He has a great career as an architect and juggles three Air Hostess fiancées who have no idea they aren't his only love. With the help of his slightly stressed maid Berthe, he is able to keep everyone in the dark until his old school friend Robert arrives unannounced at his door. The finely organised schedule of coming and goings is thrown into chaos. It's a callback to the traditional door farce.

It's a great show to approach as a director. It is rare to be given the reins on a true farce. A farce, by nature, begins in grounded reality and becomes unglued by the characters' single minded drive for personal gain or, as is often the case, sex! When doing farce there is a liberty to dive into the realm of clown and physical comedy, that would in another show appear disjointed or unbelievable.  But since a farce is reality being affected by a series of unreal circumstances, one is given much in terms of range and freedom. I hope that the audience will leave sore from laughter and with an appreciation for the choreography that goes into a physical comedic piece."

Tasked with creating the world of an apartment in 1960s Paris, complete with the international flair of its visitors is the design team Brandon Kleiman (set), Kathleen Black (costumes) and Joseph Patrick (lighting).

Boeing Boeing Set
Set model by Brandon Kleiman with inspirational images below

Boeing Boeing Costumes
Costume planning by Kathleen Black with inspirational
images for each character

To interview the director, our production team or to arrange a tour of the build in progress, please call the media contact listed below.
By Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
Directed by Cory Doran
Set Design by Brandon Kleiman
Costume Design by Kathleen Black
Lighting Design by Joseph Patrick


This is Brandon's first production with Hart House Theatre. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College's joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program. Brandon is a co-founder of Theatre By Committee, a Toronto based theatre company that aims to create a theatrical laboratory for emerging artists.

Eliza Martin Eliza Martin, Gloria
Eliza was last seen on our stage as the charming Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest. Eliza is a Toronto based actor and like her co-star Brandon, a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Eliza is proud to be an Artistic Associate and Co-founder of Re:Current Theatre.

Jill McMillan Jill McMillan, Berthe
Jill makes her debut at Hart House Theatre after appearing several Scarborough Music Theatre productions: 9 to 5: The Musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Spamalot, South Pacific,Guys and Dolls and The Full Monty. Jill is based in Toronto and in addition to performing, she is a partner in a digital marketing and communications agency.

Andrei Preda Andrei Preda, Robert Lambert
Andrei is no stranger to our stage, having performed as Fortinbras and the Gravedigger in Hamlet, Ferdinand in The Tempest and Dr. Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest. Andrei is a Toronto based actor with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting degree from the University of Windsor. He has trained with the SITI company as well as with the MICHA Association.

Katie Corbridge Katie Corbridge, Gabriella
A fellow University of Windsor graduate is Hart House Theatre newcomer, Katie Corbridge. She has studied in Boston with the Michael Chekhov Association, the SITI company, and stage combat at Toronto's Rapier's Wit. In addition to performing, Katie has produced shows with award winning playwrights in Toronto indie theatre companies Rarely Pure and Docket Theatre.

Shalyn McFaul Shalyn McFaul, Gretchen
Completing the sic person cast is self-procliamed North American nomad, Shalyn. Shalyn has zig-zagged across the continent through Southern California, NYC, Vancouver and now Toronto; completing training and performing in local productions along the way.

For a full cast biographies, click here. For more information on the professional production team, visit here.

Feb. 26-Mar. 5, 2016

Week 1: Fri. & Sat., 8 pm
Week 2: Wed. to Sat., 8 pm and Sat., 2 pm

Postshow Talkbacks: Sat., Feb. 27 and Thurs., Mar. 3
Preshow Artist Chat: Sat., Mar. 5 at 1 pm
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