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Players Theater Group goes Barefoot in the Park with latest production, provide solid entertainment

Kelly McCready

Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Focus
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Neil Simon's classic comedy, Barefoot in the Park, was recently performed by the Players Theater Group at Case Western Reserve University's Black Box Theater last weekend and needless to say, it generated some much-needed laughter on campus.

Under the first-time direction of Celia Gendler this lighthearted production emphasized the comedy and ultimate success of young love in seemingly dark times. Before their marriage license has even arrived in the mail, the spontaneous Corie (Michelle Williams) and the cautious Paul (Mark Corriveau) find their relationship strained by six hellish flights of stairs to their new apartment, a judgmental mother, and a neighbor who thinks it's acceptable to crawl through their bedroom window.

Played with brilliant comic timing, Beau Buccilli as the telephone repairman, really did look as though he had trekked up the six flights of stairs to fix Corie and Paul's kitschy telephone. The mother, played with subtlety by Emily Lawson, produced one of the biggest audience responses of the night when commenting on the climb: "I feel like we've died…and gone to heaven. Only we had to climb up." In fact, it was the presence of these minor characters that generated the most laughter with their witty quips, even if some of Simon's 1960s dialogue seemed slightly outdated to the savvy college audience.

Of course, 'Barefoot in the Park' wouldn't have worked at all without the reliable Michelle Williams and Mark Corriveau. Throughout the play, Williams and Corriveau sparred off each other well, shining in some of the fast-paced humor. But they lacked some of the natural chemistry needed to make the relationship totally believable.

Corriveau put in a particularly good performance as the sarcastic and sensible Paul, but sometimes overpowered the less- experienced Williams. This was evident in the more dramatic scenes in which Williams frequently changed abruptly between soft-spoken pleas and harsh shrieks. Despite this flaw, Williams was able to avoid making Corie too immature and irritating, creating an overall likeable and sympathetic character.
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