Thomason as Gabriella & Mattfeld as Robert in Boeing Boeing

Thomason as Gabriella & Mattfeld as Robert in Boeing Boeing

A scene from Twelfth Night

A scene from Twelfth Night

As the weather gets crisper and the nights get longer, the Utah Shakespeare Festival is gearing up for its fall season. The outrageous farce, Boeing Boeing, by Marc Camoletti opens September 17, and Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure opens September 18. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which opened in June, bridges the gap between summer and fall. All three shows will run in repertory in the Randall L. Jones Theatre until October 18.

"The fall season is an extension to our summer programming that offers patrons another glimpse into the Festival's offerings,” commented Artist Director Brian Vaughn. “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and Boeing Boeing along side Shakespeare's very popular Twelfth Night, make for an exciting slate of plays that continue to explore variety, comedy, mystery, and love. These are all a part of our continued mission in bringing classic and contemporary drama to our audience. Plus, it is the most beautiful time to visit southern Utah. We have delightful drama all around.”

Boeing Boeing is about American playboy Bernard Lawrence, an architect based in Paris. He lives with his Italian, German, and American fiancées, all flight attendants for three different airlines. However, none of the women know about the other two, and this is exactly the way Bernard has designed it. Things begin to unravel when there is a change to the women’s flight schedules, making it increasingly difficult to keep them apart, and eventually bringing all three of them home on the same day. In addition, Bernard’s long-time friend, Robert Lambert, has arrived in town unexpectedly. He is brought in on the outrageous arrangement and finds himself trying to help Bernard and the sticky situation he is in. It is a bumpy, but hilarious ride in this farce, full of flirtatious hijinks, slamming doors, and utter confusion.

The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore. The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler—and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Moriarty. Could this be Sherlock Holmes’ final case? Could the logical detective who has survived poison, pistols, and other predicaments actually be laid low by his love for a woman? “The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!”

Twelfth Night starts with Viola and Sebastian separated at sea due to a shipwreck. Viola lands in Illyra and disguises herself as a man, Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino, who is in love with Olivia. Viola, dressed as a Cesario, woos Olivia, but she starts to fall in love with Orsino, as Olivia starts to fall in love with Cesario. Confusion continues as Sir Andrew, Toby Belch and Maria conspire to make Olivia’s pompous steward, Malvolio, believe that Olivia has fallen for him. In the end, the hilarious cast of characters do find love, even when they least expect it. Director and Artistic Director David Ivers comments on the continuation on Twelfth Night: “As Twelfth Night continues to receive glowing response, the show is fluid enough to evolve in wonderful ways over time, ensuring returning guests a fresh viewing opportunity late in the season.”

Tickets are on sale for the Festival’s 53rd season, which will run until October 18, 2014. For more information and tickets visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.

 

Photos by Karl Hugh.

Vaughn as Watson & Adams as Homes in Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure

Vaughn as Watson & Adams as Homes in Sherlock Holmes, the Final Adventure