‘Boeing, Boeing’ to play at Nittany Theatre at the Barn

BOALSBURG — The Nittany Theatre at the Barn’s production of “Boeing, Boeing” is notable as it marks more than one finale.

Not only is this broad farce the final show of the current season, but this production is also the final one overseen by Dave Saxe, the “Barn’s” producing artistic director.

Eight years ago, the treasured old Barn was abandoned. Saxe admits that although he declined three times when asked to “revive the venerable Boal Barn Playhouse,” he (with his wife’s “blessing”) finally agreed.

After 18 months of hard work, and with the help of a “small clutch of sturdy volunteers,” the Barn was granted its occupancy certificate. With a fully rebuilt stage and many other improvements, the Barn was given “a new chance to continue its rich legacy.”

Now planning to retire to Florida, Saxe and his wife, Laura Ann, look back fondly on the 31 full productions mounted in the past five years, starting with “Always, Patsy Cline” and now ending with “Boeing Boeing.”

So, it is obviously with mixed feelings that Saxe and his wife reluctantly “pass the torch” to the next generation willing to light up the Nittany Theatre at the Barn stage once again.

“Boeing, Boeing”

7:30 p.m. Aug. 22-24, 28-30

Set in 1960s Paris, this award-winning comedy is a popular selection for community and professional theaters.

In the storyline, bachelor Bernard is a likable lothario balancing the schedules of three airline stewardesses, all engaged to him without knowing about each other.

One arrives for a short stay before the next takeoff, and with her departure, another arrives. But a change in airlines’ schedules has all three practically arriving at his luxury apartment at the same time.

Throw in an unexpected visit by an old school chum from the United States, and a well-intentioned but meddling French housemaid doubling as a butler, and hilarity reigns.

For Saxe, having the fifth season of his tenure end with a comic romp, may be just the right play to “send him off into the sunset” and tickle theatergoers’ funny bones at the same time.

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