Barefoot in the Park
A romantic comedy by Neil Simon
Directed by Anne Pourciau

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Corrie and Paul Bratter have just got back from their honeymoon at the Plaza Hotel. Now, the pair struggle to adapt to the challenge of what should be wedded bliss in their tiny New York walk-up apartment. Corrie is carefree, impulsive with wonderful spunk; Paul is a bit conservative, stodgy and grounded in reality and maturity. Just how these tow will fare is anyone’s guess. Add a doting mother-in-law and a zesty neighbor who lives in the attic to make for a delightful drama!
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St. Tammany News: Great Cast in Playmakers Production of Barefoot In The Park

The Times-Picayune: Light-hearted romp delights at Playmakers

The Farmer: Barefoot in the Park is romantic comedy at its best


St. Tammany News:
Great Cast in Playmakers Production of Barefoot In The Park
May 10, 2006
Lou Gavin

Known as the King of Comedy, playwright Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park delighted an enthusiastic audience on its gala champagne opening night this past Friday. The setting for the play is on the top floor of a walk up apartment without an elevator in New York City. Corie Bratter (Megan Pourciau) and Paul Bratter (Michael Eddy) are newlyweds and this is their first apartment. Corie has picked out the apartment without Paul ever seeing it and their marital nest turns out to be a disaster when Paul sees the place for the first time. It is February at the time of the play so it is cold, but alas, there is no heat in the apartment. And the lack of amenities goes on: a bathroom with no tub which is unacceptable to Paul since he loves to lounge in a tub; a bedroom so small that it only fits a single bed; a large hole in the skylight overhead where snow falls into the living room; and five flights of stairs leading to the apartment that exhaust everyone climbing them. Then thrown into this “lap of luxury” are the two love birds who are as opposite as vanilla and chocolate. Corie is perky and free-spirited with more energy than Entergy. Paul is a conservative lawyer, somewhat dull with a realistic view of the world. These personality differences are an explosion waiting to happen, and it finally does with a knock-down shoe throwing argument. How these two ever met, fell in love and married is a mystery. The question is, though, will they live happily ever after? Well, you’ll have to see the play to find out.

Director Anne Pourciau has assembled a stellar cast that includes some all time Playmakers favorites and some new comers to the Playmakers stage. And all the actors in this production are outstanding. Megan Pourciau is absolutely perfect in her role as Corie. She brings a vivaciousness to the character that frequently takes your breath away. At times, she is pixie-like and at others she is whinny and out of control. She is both lovable and someone you could learn to dislike. But she is the perfect foil for the rather straight-laced Paul, her husband, who appears more concerned about an upcoming legal case than trying to see his wife’s point of view regarding the apartment. As the curtain opens to a stage as bare as a Fall tree in the first act, Pourciau is especially effective as she flits about decorating the apartment. Michael Eddy as the “desperate husband” turns in a solid performance. He deftly handles the transformation from coping with Corie’s quirkiness to being driven to near insanity by her acting like an immature brat that eventually leads to the big blow-up. This is Eddy’s debut on stage but he more than holds his own among the other seasoned actors and is particularly outstanding in the second and third acts. And the kissing scenes between the two are really something. Perhaps that’s because in real life, Michael and Anne are husband and wife.

Corie’s mother, Mrs. Banks, is played by the delightful Sandy Landry. She displays a great comic sense and is particularly amusing during her morning after the night before scene in which she tries to explain her indiscretions with Corie’s foreign, upstairs neighbor. That upstairs neighbor is Victor Velasco played by a Playmakers favorite Randy Aultman. He is absolutely perfect for the role and is outrageously funny with his hammy foreign accent and walk. He is everything you would expect of such a talented performer. There are two minor characters in this comedy. Dennis Hinds is excellent in his two brief scenes as a typical telephone installer. The role of the delivery man is shared by three Playmakers stalwarts, Russell Krogsgard, Ronnie Pogue and Troy Jackson. This reviewer saw Krogsgard make the most of his two minute scene as an out of breath asthmatic climbing five flights of stairs delivering packages.

The producer of the show is Shawn Paterson and the stage manager duties are shared by Sarah Eddy and Diana Merich. The set, one of Playmakers most creative, is masterfully designed by Russell Krogsgard. You’ll have to see it to believe it as the set is transformed from a bare stage to a fully dressed apartment.

While this play was first performed in 1963 and ran for 1530 performances, it holds up well and is truly a fun two hours in the theater. And who knows, the play may just bring back some newly wed memories to some in the audience.

Other performances are on May 12, 13, 19, 20. Matinee performances are on Sunday, May 14 and 21. The May 14 matinee is a special Mother’s Day performance. For ticket reservation and information, call the Playmakers box office at 985-893-1671.

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Simon's 'Barefoot' comedy still has legs
Light-hearted romp delights at Playmakers
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Stephen Cefalu

Alvin Award-winning director Anne Pourciau's talented Playmakers Theater cast proved that Neil Simon's light-hearted comedy "Barefoot in the Park" holds its own after 40 years.

The result is a thoroughly entertaining production that was a big hit with the audience during the May 5 opening night.

The plot revolves around a young couple's adventure as they move into their first apartment in New York.

The tiny walk-up on the sixth floor has no tub, but there is a hole in the skylight so it is always freezing cold, and their bedroom is smaller than a walk-in closet.

Heading up the cast is the talented Megan Pourciau, who portrays newlywed Corey Bratter.

Pourciau's performance as the independent, carefree new bride is a thing of beauty to watch. She incorporates everything into her believable portrayal. We see a young, attractive woman who is perky, effervescent and totally in love with "being in love" with her husband of six days. Her energetic performance is the all-important catalyst that drives the production.

Newcomer Michael Eddy plays Corey's husband, Paul.

Eddy displays a nice, subtle transformation from the stuffed-shirt lawyer (who is interested only in business and not his sexy wife) to someone who finally lets loose and begins to see the joys of life through the Corey's eyes.

Veteran actress Sandy Landry had the appreciative audience howling as she captured the essence of the nosy, always caring, slightly overdramatic mother (Ethel Banks) who is shocked at what her daughter has chosen to live in.

Landy is a pro at getting the most mileage out of physical comedy. Her mugging to the audience and humorous facial expressions significantly raised the show's comedic level.

Veteran actor Randy Aultman is delightful as the Bratters' neighbor, Victor Velasco.

Aultman is confident and definitely charming as the ladies' man who is always broke and looking for a new conquest.

There is some wonderfully amusing work from Dennis Hinds as the telephone repair man who is struggling to breathe after negotiating the six flights of stairs to get to the apartment.

On opening night, Russell Krogsgard had everyone in stitches with his performance as the delivery man.

Ronnie Pogue, Krogsgard and Troy Jackson will alternate playing the role during the show's run.

Once the cast got the opening-night jitters out of their system, the entire production started clicking on all cylinders and generating enthusiastic audience response.

Sarah Eddy and Diana Merich handled the stage manager's duties. Alvin Award-winning set designer Russell Krogsgard created the space in which the actors performed. Alex LaVanway was the lighting and sound technician.

"Barefoot in the Park" will have performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Other evening performances will be on May 19 and 20.

There will be matinee performances on May 14 and 21 that start at 2 p.m.

To make a reservation, call 893-1671.

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The Farmer:
Barefoot in the Park is romantic comedy at its best

by Desirée Waguespack

Playmakers Theatre's current production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park proves this romantic comedy is as relevant and entertaining today as it was when it was first performed on Playmakers’ stage.

Romantic intimacy reaches a new level on Playmakers' stage, as real-life newlyweds Megan Pourciau and Michael Eddy portray Simon’s fictional newlyweds, Corie and Paul Bratter.

The flirting, the fighting and the snuggling are too authentic to be labeled “acting,” as Megan and Michael charm their audience with exuberance that belongs only to those who are young and in love.

Director Anne Pourciau, who directed Playmakers’ first production of Barefoot in the Park in 1988, ably reprises her directorial duties.

Anne Pourciau, with producer Shawn Patterson and lighting and sound technician Alex LaVanway, selected 1960s songs to introduce and set the mood for each scene. Their nostalgic selections include “Love and Marriage,” “You've Lost That Loving Feeling,” and “Everybody Loves Somebody, Sometimes.”

Sandy Landry as Corie’s mother Ethel Banks lights up the stage with her hilarious one-liners and contagious laughter. She is riveting in her “morning-after” scene, wearing a bathrobe and trying to locate her clothing, while explaining what she cannot remember to her high-strung daughter Corie.

The eccentric upstairs neighbor, Victor Velasco, expertly played by Randy Aultman, adds a foreign flavor to the humor that keeps the audience slightly off-balance.

Dennis Hinds, as the telephone repairman, brings sense out of chaos without having to dial 911.

Playmakers’ veterans Ronnie Pogue, Russell Krogsgard and Troy Jackson share the role of the weary delivery man who climbs six flights of “stairs” to deliver wedding gifts to the young couple's New York apartment.

Krogsgard also designed the realistic set, assisted by artist Trisha Duffy Vitrano.

Poster artist Pat Butters, who created the the design for the 1988 production, was honored to have her whimsical illustration once again used for the poster and the program cover.

Performances of Barefoot in the Park continue on Friday and Saturday nights , May 12, 13, 19 and 20, at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are offered at 2 p.m. on May 14 and 21. Playmakers Theatre is located at 19106 Playmakers Rd., north of Covington off Lee Road (Louisiana 437).

For ticket information call 893-1671 or visit www.playmakersinc.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

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