MORRISBURG – Upper Canada Playhouse is opening its 2017 season with one of Broadway’s most beloved comedies – Neil Simon’s delightful play, Barefoot in the Park.
The classic comedy, set in the 1960s, runs at the Playhouse from June 8 – July 2.
Simon’s play, about love and marriage, has been an audience favourite at theatres world-wide for decades and was also made into a movie starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, both at the start of their careers. But, like all great stories, it is as timely and entertaining as ever.
Newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter have moved into a cramped and tiny apartment, on the top floor of a New York brownstone. It’s only been six days since the wedding, but already the honeymoon is over as the young couple copes with real life and its challenges.
Impulsive and an incurable romantic, Corie has trouble understanding the more practical and focussed Paul, whose start in a law career is obsessing him. The intensely close quarters they must share are do not help this young couple now finding out what it really means to live together.
Stress levels quickly hit new laughter heights when Corie’s mother Ethel Banks, lands in on them, even before their new furniture. And then there is eccentric neighbour, Victor, who also barges into their lives.
Corie’s solution – a blind date between these two – very quickly descends into more comic chaos.
Director Donnie Bowes has assembled a sterling cast of experienced and talented actors for Barefoot in the Park.
Appearing as Corie is Melissa Morris, who wowed Playhouse audiences as the district attorney and Macey’s assistant in the hit, Miracle on 34th Street. Morris is also a veteran of many seasons at the Prescott St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.
Joining her, and making his Playhouse debut, is Ephraim Ellis as Paul.
One of the stars of the hugely popular TV series Degrassi High, Ellis was recently seen in Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s Perfect Wedding.
Returning to the Playhouse stage as Ethel is veteran actress Linda Goranson, beloved by audiences in such hits as Cemetery Club, Female Odd Couple and A Nice Family Gathering. Goranson has also performed on the long-running series, Coronation Street.
Also making his debut at the Playhouse is Allan Price, as the intrusive neighbour, Victor Velasco. Price comes to Upper Canada with a wealth of experience at major Toronto theatres and across Canada, in productions ranging from Death of A Salesman to musicals like Fiddler on the Roof and Gypsy.
And completing the exceptional cast, as an affable repairman who manages to drift in and out the Bratter apartment, is actor John Dickhout. Also a newcomer to the Playhouse, he has had extensive experience in Norm Foster plays, and well as on television in such productions as The Handmaid’s Tale.
Barefoot in the Park is the opening production of a stellar 2017 summer season at Upper Canada Playhouse. Information and tickets are available at 613-543-3713 or online.