Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Barefoot in The Park"

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"Barefoot in The Park"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Fiddlehead Theatre's third show of the season is Neil Simon's 1963 Tony Award winning comedy, "Barefoot in the Park". The show is about newlyweds, Paul and Corie Bratter. After six days of wedded bliss, they move into their first apartment on the top floor of a brownstone on 48th Street in New York City. They continually have to climb six wheezing flights of stairs to get there. They also have no furniture, there is no room for a double bed, the skylight leaks, there is no heat (and it's February) and their bohemian neighbor is only able to access his padlocked apartment via their window ledge. When Paul fails to grasp the romance of their quirky living situation, Corie begins to fear her husband is a stuffed shirt. Director Stacey Stephens creates a wonderful 1960's atmosphere for this show and his set and costumes are right on the money, too.

The lead actor in this show is Lucas Lloyd who handles the huge role of Paul Bratter perfectly. His pratfalls and his drunken scenes are hilarious and he has great chemistry with his leading lady, too. Katrina Shinay plays the role of this free spirited blonde excellently. She is so madly in love with Paul and wants him to enjoy life as much as she does by trying different things. He finally convinces her that he isn't a stuffed shirt by finally running barefoot in the park in the freezing cold and climbing up to the skylight to declare his love for her. Katrina is also hilarious during the show especially when she appears in the second act with huge hair and when she constantly cries in one scene. Their argument scene is wonderful, too. Both she and Lucas capture the essence of these two characters, creating a fun filled night for the audience.

Cinda Donovan is a hoot as Corie's mother, Ethel Banks. Her falling into the apartment and into Lucas' arms knocking him over on her entrances up the six flights of stairs, her almost barfing on the exotic gourmet food and her wearing a strange bathrobe and slippers,are some examples of her funny antics. The crazy upstairs neighbor, Victor Velasco is played by the scene stealing, Michael Costello. His foreign accent is hilarious as is the character's womanizing ways and wacky antics. ( Michael also appears in the first act as an out of breath delivery man.) Rounding out the cast is Jordan Greeley as the telephone repair man. He wheezes up the stairs in Act 1 & 3, adding his comic antics to liven up the play. So for an enjoyable evening of a Neil Simon comedy, be sure to catch "Barefoot in the Park" in Norwood, MA

"Barefoot in The Park" (9 - 18 February)
FIDDLEHEAD THEATRE
109 Central Street, NORWOOD MA
1 (781) 762-0528

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