Meadow Brook Theatre’s next offering, Boeing-Boeing, began preview performances last night. A very vocal audience confirmed that the show was indeed a ‘Great Time’! Many people commented on how wonderful Brian Kessler’s set was designed, so I thought I would talk a little bit about it.
When designing for a farce it is essential not only to have a ton of doors, but also to make sure that the set seems to be a bit more intimate than most of our other sets. This ensures that the coming and going and slamming of doors will be more believable and will keep the pace moving along nicely. Once Brian had the basic floor layout of the design done. I was invited to his office and I stressed the importance of having a ‘Tighter’ set. This is where his computer genius came into play. He was able to pull up on his computer the last set design of a farce that we had done (last year’s Kong’s Night Out) and placed it on top of his Boeing-Boeing design and made sure that this new design would be much smaller than Kong. In fact when you come to see the show you’ll notice that the actors feel like they are a lot closer to you, the audience, and that’s because they are!
I also spoke to all of the designers and used the image of a Mondrian painting as inspiration for the entire show. The concept allows the use of primary colors for each of the three Air Hostesses and keeps everything and everyone else monochromatic. You’ll notice this concept immediately upon entering the theatre. However when you see the Air Hostesses in their costumes, designed by Liz Moore, the whole concept will come together.
It was an exhilarating treat to work on this show and everyone from the crew, to the actors, to the office staff have worked extremely hard to ensure that it will be a success. I hope you can all come to see it. If you can, please come soon and bring friends with you. Word of mouth is our biggest tool nowadays to sell tickets.
For more information and to get tickets visit our website at www.mbtheatre.com or contact the box office at 248-377-3300.
See you at the theatre!
~Travis Walter, Interim Artistic Director