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Barefoot In The Park
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Neil Simon

COMPANY : Old Alabama Road Company - A Community Theater [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Church of the Savior UCC
ID# 1417

SHOWING : November 10, 2005 - November 19, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

After a six day honeymoon a spanking new lawyer, who has just won his first case 6 cents in damages, and his young bride, who is as pretty and addled as they come, move into the new, high rent apartment that she has chosen for them. But the difficulty is, in order to enjoy the charming character of this apartment, one has to climb six wheezing flights. And the apartment is absolutely bare of furniture, the paint job came out all wrong, the skylight leaks snow, there isn't room for a double bed, and an outlandish gourmet who lives in a loft on the roof uses it and the window ledge as the only access to his padlocked premises. The situation is enough to break the heart and burst the lungs of any stylish young lawyer; and indeed it does, on the night he flatly refuses to join his wife in a barefoot walk through the snow in the park. She kicks him out, but he comes back not for reconciliation, but because he figures that since he's paying the rent she should be the one to go.


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer David Beaudry
Director Laura Nagle
Set Construction David Beaudry
Set Construction Nick Boretz
Set Construction James "Duke" Deuschle
Set Construction John Hemphill
Lighting, set design and construction John Hemphill
House Manager Elizabeth Morrison
Stage Manager Carrie Fetter Shrader
Set Construction Jeff Shrader
Set Construction Carrie Fetter Shrader
Backstage Todd Strickland
Sound Designer Chad Tindale
Phone Repairman David Beaudry
Victor Velasco Oscar DeLeon
Paul Bratter Jim Dewberry
Paul Bratter Jim Dooberry
Corey Bratter Elizabeth Fricke
Ethel Karen Morgan
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REVIEWS

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A fun show
by jpmist
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
3.0
Barefoot In the Park

I saw this show Saturday night and came away favorably impressed. OK, let’s get this part out of the way first. It’s performed in a church, but whatdaya want, Old Alabama Road Company is only in it’s second year - a little too soon to lease that 2,000 square foot black box loft in industrial Roswell. Given that, Director Laura Nagle was pretty creative in using the space. I give high marks to her also for her casting of some really good actors and her naturalistic blocking which gave the show a lot of good energy.

Being a romantic comedy, good chemistry between the two leads was vital and Jim Dewberry as Paul and Liz Fricke as Corey didn’t fail. Liz’s manic energy was fun to watch and Paul was appropriately stogy when needed. You could tell they were having fun performing which made the show that much more fun to watch.

Karen Morgan as Ethel was a monster, and I mean that in the good sense so as to complement her excellent comic timing. She wrung laughs out of Simon’s wittier lines by simply knowing how to nail them. Oscar DeLeon as Victor added a wonderful sense of charm to his character and his post restaurant scene with Corey was a highlight. (But Oscar, a little more volume please?). David Beaudry did well also as the phone guy.

OK, so it’s a vintage Neil Simon comedy, but it didn’t feel dated to me and the production was engaging, so if a light hearted fun night of family theater is what you have in mind, you’ll be happy you saw it. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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