Prince George’s Little Theatre Barefoot in the ParkBy Laura & Mike Clark • Feb 14th, 2008 • Category: Reviews, Stand Out!
Listen to our review of Prince George’s Little Theatre’s production of Barefoot in the Park [MP3 5:17 2.4MB].
Prince George’s Little Theatre
Bowie Playhouse, Bowie, MD
$15/$10 Seniors and Under 18
Through Feb. 23rd
Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio.net review of Barefoot in the Park, performed by Prince George’s Little Theatre, at the Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, Maryland. Mike and I saw the performance on Sunday afternoon, February 10th, 2008.
Mike: This was an outstanding production. I had such a good time watching this show. The characters were very bubbly, and energetic, I was simply pulled into it, and I think they did a great job with this show.
Laura: This was a Stand-Out! show. It was just so funny, the timing was great, the expressions on the actor’s faces were wonderful when they realized what climbing up five flights of stairs in a little dinky apartment in New York is like. The comedy and the interactions were just hysterical.
Mike: Barefoot in the Park is a play by Neil Simon. It’s focus is on newlywed couple Corie and Paul Bratter, who are setting up house in a miniscule fifth floor walkup apartment in a downtown Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a straight-laced attorney, Corie, a far more spontaneous free spirit, the two must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight with a gaping hole, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbors, and Corie’s well meaning mother, in addition to adjusting to married life.
Laura: Corie Bratter was played by Denise A. Levien. I just loved her expressions, she was hysterical, wore her heart on her sleeve, but wanted to make her first night in their new home wonderful for her husband Paul. Unfortunately she got a little hysterical at times, and that was when she was the funniest.
Mike: She was very at ease on stage, including changing clothes in front of the audience, and trying to seduce Paul while he was a little distracted with work. Which is kind of hard to believe, he was after all a newlywed. But I thought he did pretty well too.
Paul was played by Steve Backus. There was one scene near the end of the show, there was a big fight between he and Corie. He had this deer in the headlights, what just happened here expression on his face. His transformation at the end of the show was really well done, and I had a good time watching him.
Laura: Corie’s mother, Mrs. Banks, was played by Millie Ferrara. She did a very good job, she of course, the first time she came up to see the apartment, just about had a heart attack, climbing up all those stairs. But she was trying to be supportive of her daughter without being too meddling. So it was kind of a tightrope walking that she did. Then later when she was introduced to an upstairs neighbor who lived in the attic of the house, Mr. Velasco (played by Danny Brooks). They had a real interesting scene together that was so funny.
Mike: There was a scene very late in the show also, with Mrs. Banks and Corie. They were both in their own little world talking to each other, and they had the same hand gestures and looks on their faces. It just made them look like mother and daughter, and that was very nicely done.
Laura: The telephone repair man that came up in the beginning of the show and towards the end was played by William Powell, Jr. He was funny. He actually had some pretty interesting insights even though he was gasping for breath both times he came up the stairs. I liked his interpretation, he gave them something to think about as they entered into married life together.
Mike: I liked the set for the show, it was designed by Keith Brown. While it wasn’t quite tall enough, one of the lines in the show said “that skylight is twenty feet up” and it wasn’t really 20 feet up. But, other than that, it looked perfect. The transformation that occurred during the first intermission was very nicely done as well. It really looked like a first time homeowner, and the first home after being married.
Laura: Overall, the costumes were nice. This was set in the 60’s, so they kept with the 60’s motif. One thing I thought was interesting, Mr. Velasco wasn’t dressed quite the way I had pictured him. For some reason I was thinking he should have a fez, or some sort of a cape, or socks that didn’t match; but he really just dressed like a lawyer. So that was a little disappointing. But he still had the facial expressions, and the interactions with the married couple that were really funny.
Mike: Barefoot in the Park is running through February 23rd at the Bowie Playhouse, Friday and Saturday nights at 8, and a Sunday matinee on the 17th. The show ran 2 hours, 15 minutes, with one intermission and one pause.
Laura: I definitely recommend you go see this show. Once you’ve seen the show, please feel free to leave a comment here. We’d also like to invite you to join our free mailing list so that you can keep informed on events and auditions happening in the Northern Virginia region.
Mike: And now, on with the show.
- Corie Bratter: Denis A. Levien
- Telephone Repair Man: William Pweoll, Jr.
- Paul Bratter: Steve Backus
- Mrs. Banks: Millie Ferrara
- Victor Velasco: Danny Brooks
- Director: Jeffery Lesniak
- Producer: Sarah Kendrick
- Stage Manager: Roy Peterson
- Lighting Design: Garrett Hyde
- Lighting Execution: Bowie Playhouse Staff
- Set Design: Keith Brown
- Set Construction: Cast, Crew, Members and Friends of PGLT
- Costume Coordinator: Sarah Kendrick
- Set Decoration: Sarah Kendrick, Roy Peterson
- Bowie Playhouse Theatre Technicians: Al Chopey, Pete Dursin, Garrett Hyde
- Properties: Cast, Crew, Members and Friends of PGLT
- Publicity: Gail Benyon, Roy Peterson
- Web Site: Keith Belk
- Photography for Lobby Display: Jeffery Lesniak
- Box Office Manager: Sarah Potter Robbins
- Box Office Assistant: Richard Robbins
- Front of House Coordinator: Eudenia Sorgnit
- Ticket Takes/Ushers: Eddie Arrendondo, Carol Baldwin, James Baldwin, Tyler Baldwin, Joanne Bauer, Don Black, Pat Black, Marian Dulovich, Lucas English-Arredondo, Rose English-Arredondo, Gay Hill, Jenna Jones, Mary Koster, Rich Koster, Mac Shawe, Roney Shawe, Eudenia Sorgnit, Adam Watson, Donna Wells
- Postcard/Program Cover Design: Michele Stinson
- Program Design/Lobby Display: Roy Peterson
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.