There's never been another comedy in comedydom like 1980's Airplane! to feature Ethel Merman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Barbara Billingsley and four of the greatest deadpan actors (Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie “Don't Call Me Shirley” Nielsen). You remember the plot: pilot (Robert “The Man Who Called Him Surely” Hayes) plagued by war flashbacks still pines for his ex-girlfriend/stewardess (the wonderfully ditzy Julie Hagerty) and follows her onto a plane run amok with boozing, puking and jive-talking passengers. It's not enough to quote your favorite lines from the movie to your friends. (“Chump don' want no help, chump don't get da' help.”) Come to TreePeople's Airplane! The Reading!! Retooled!!! and watch 11 actors from the ACE Classic Movie Theatre Players, including Oscar-nominated Robert Forester, take on 69 characters as they go through the entire script. If you close your eyes, the park's lush, outdoor setting might feel like a crowded airport where even Hare Krishnas get harassed. S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre in Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills; Fri.-Sat., Sept. 24-25, 8 p.m.; $15. (818) 623-4877. –Siran Babayan
Fri., Sept. 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 25, 8 p.m., 2010
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