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‘Boeing Boeing’ takes off at Festival 56

Show opens Tuesday

PRINCETON — Next up in the Festival 56 line-up for the summer is the fast-paced farce, “Boeing Boeing,” at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. The show will run at 7:30 p.m. July 15, 17, 18 and 19. There is also a matinee at 2 p.m. July 19.

The story of “Boeing Boeing” centers on Bernard, a self-styled Parisian lothario, who has Italian, German and American fiancees, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent layovers. He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris — and to his apartment — at the same time.

Tom Rusterholz, who was a lead in the Festival’s production of “The Full Monty” last year, plays Bernard. Marissa Martinez, fresh from playing Sylvia (the dog) in the Festival’s production of the show by that name, plays his American fiance. Shannon Hill and Jaime Patriarca, newcomers to the festival this season, play his Italian and German fiances, respectively.

A brief discussion with the show’s cast and director will take place after the opening night performance.

The Festival 56 production of “Boeing Boeing” is co-sponsored by Centrue Bank and the law firm of Langhenry, Gillen, Lundquist and Johnson.

The Grace Performing Arts Center is completely accessible and ample nearby parking is available. To purchase tickets, visit www.festival56.com, call 815-879-5656, ext. 11, or stop by the box office which is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and an hour before each performance.

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