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Boeing Boeing

Shelby Snyder, left, Lorie Kimmel and Eileen Daub star as three stewardesses unwittingly engaged to the same man in Hershey Area Playhouse’s production of “Boeing Boeing.”

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In the farce “Boeing Boeing,” a self-styled Parisian playboy named Bernard juggles not one, not two, but three fiances, a feat he is able to accomplish because all three women work as air hostesses who fly in and out of the French capital — and Bernard’s life — on a set schedule.

None of the young women knows the other two exist, that is until major storms and faster jets suddenly throw a wrench into the clockwork of Bernard’s romantic deception.

Hershey Area Playhouse brings this 1962 comic gem to life with a new production that begins Thursday and runs through April 22 at the community theater in Derry Township.

“This play is an unapologetic look at human foolishness, male and female, that allows a brief respite from the work outside the theater,” said Cory Wilkerson, who is directing HAP’s production. His cast includes Adam Estep as Bernard, and Shelby Snyder, Eileen Daub and Lorie Kimmel as his love interests.

“Boeing Boeing,” written by Marc Camoletti, Beverly Cross and Francis Evans, is very Sixties in its outlook toward gender roles and sexuality. It is also an enduring classic that is among the most-performed French plays in the world. The reason? It may be considered politically incorrect in today’s world, but as farce it remains very, very funny.

Musical

Theatre Harrisburg returns to Whitaker Center this month for a splashy new production of the hit musical “Hairspray.”

The Tony Award-winning musical, set in racially divided Baltimore during the 1950s, is an infectious combination of songs (“Good Morning, Baltimore” and “I Know Where I’ve Been” among them) by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman that also incorporates the often-subversive humor of director John Waters’ original 1988 film on which the show is based.

The production, which runs from April 26 to May 6 in downtown Harrisburg, comes to the stage as the long-running community theater is once again hunting for a new executive director following the resignation of Allison Graham Hays after less than a year on the job. Hays plans to seek new opportunities in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

“We are immensely grateful for Allison’s steadying hand,” Solomon Krevsky, chairman of the theater’s board of directors, said in a statement announcing the search for a new executive director.

Celebration

While it’s not a show per se, Gamut Classic Theatre’s annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration promises a theatrical evening of entertainment, food and drink to raise money for the nonprofit playhouse in downtown Harrisburg.

Festivities will include live music, a 20-minute spoof of “Macbeth” performed by Gamut’s professional company, and a scene from “Twelfth Night” by Gamut Theatre Academy students.

Also expect a visit from “Shakespeare” himself, who reportedly looks pretty good for someone 453 years old.

The fundraising celebration is planned for 4 to 7 p.m. April 22 at Gamut’s theater, 15 N. Fourth St. Tickets are $100 each or $150 a couple. For more information, visit gamuttheatre.org, email info@gamuttheatre.org or call 717-238-4111.

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