“Barefoot in the Park,” a hit and Tony nominee for playwright Neil Simon in 1963, is presented by PHAMALy, the Physically Handicapped Actors and …
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“Barefoot in the Park,” a hit and Tony nominee for playwright
Neil Simon in 1963, is presented by PHAMALy, the Physically
Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League, through Jan. 31 at
the Aurora Fox.
Jeremy and Lyndsay Giraldi Palmer play spot-on parts as the
newlyweds who find difficult issues with their dream home (a drafty
sixth-floor flat in a New York brownstone on East 48th), her
mother, an eccentric neighbor and, of course, each other.
Yes, it’s a play that’s done too often, but this production
sparkles with actors who understand the need for precision timing
to deliver Simon’s rapid fire one-liners — the reason to see his
plays, if they’re done well. This is a short run. See it this
It helps that experienced director Edith Weiss knows a thing or
two about comic timing after years of improv comedy, acting, play
writing and directing. Her touch is apparent throughout.
And it helps that the lead couple, married since 2006, are not
only skilled at their craft, but obviously bonkers about each other
— that necessary chemistry is there between Corie and Paul Bratter,
although they bring different personalities to the marriage: she is
bouncy and inclined to overreact, while he is conservative and a
bit stuffy, not to mentions stuffy-nosed with a cold through much
of the play.
Lucy Roucis, back via surgery from truly disabling Parkinson’s
symptoms, plays Corie’s difficult mother, who wings out her own set
of those one-liners — and finds adventure.
We meet Mr. Victor Velasco, the wacky upstairs neighbor
(Nicholas Ortiz Trammell) who wanders through frequently, using the
bedroom window to access his place, organizing dinner parties and
capturing the fancy of Mrs. Banks. With European accent and tastand
in - your - face style, he tends to make things happen!
This quartet is joined by Harry Pepper, the wise telephone
repairman, played with a twinkle by Steve Hahn and by Don Gabenski,
the delivery man (in a wheelchair) who delivers a constant flow of
wedding gift packages— and reminds after the fact how tough it can
be when places are not made handicapped-accessible.
In order to perform with PHAMALy, actors must be dealing with a
disability, although the lead couple’s issues are not visible and
their physical comedy adds to the verbal zings.
The program explains what each cast member brings to the stage,
and one marvels at the gutsiness it takes to put oneself out there.
But one also grasps the value of this rare organization that offers
opportunities for those who need and want to perform.
If you go:
“Barefoot in the Park,” PHAMALy through Jan. 31 at the Aurora
Fox, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. Jeremy and Lyndsay Palmer will
play the newlyweds who find difficult issues with their dream home.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m.
Sundays. Tickets: $26/$24. 303-739-1970, www.aurorafox.org.
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