“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK:” A FUN LESSON IN LOVE

BONNIE GOLDBERG

Since Corie Bratter has only been married for six days, it is completely understandable that she is floating on a cloud of love. The fact that her new husband’s feet are planted firmly on the ground could be a problem, especially since the apartment she rented for them, without his consent, is on the fifth floor, six if you count the front stoop, and elevators are non-existent.

 

Paul Bratter, a realistic and responsible lawyer in the capable hands of Chris Brooks, is ready to try his first case in court and he does not have time to put on rose-colored glasses. Unfortunately when he looks at their new home, he sees all the flaws immediately There’s no furniture which makes working or sleeping difficult. There’s no heat, which might not be a problem in July but it’s February. He hates showers and there’s no bath tub. The closet has a leak and the skylight has a holeā€¦think floods and snowstorms.

 

For an intimate glimpse of the newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bratter, let Neil Simon be your guide in the comedy “Barefoot in the Park” being entertained weekends until Saturday, July 14 courtesy of Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin.

 

Megan Bomar’s Corie is adorably oblivious to any drawbacks their new home might have. She is too busy being in love. When her mother, a good natured and spunky Anne Cassady or Elizabeth Dougan, comes to visit, huffing and puffing up the endless flights of stairs, she doesn’t complain nearly as much as the telephone installer (Joe Pangia) or the delivery man (James J. Moran) who barely manage to survive their Himalayan trek.

 

When matchmaker Corie decides to introduce her prim and proper mother to the exotically different upstairs neighbor Victor Velasco, a wildly adventurous George Lombardo, anything is likely to happen and does. Kris McMurray directs this merry romp with a sure hand.

 

For tickets ($30), call the CT Cabaret Theatre, 31-33 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1248 or online at www.ctcabaret.com. Performances are evenings at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. Remember to pack goodies to eat at your table or buy them at the concession stand on site.

 

Learn about how important communication and compromise, and a sense of humor, are when laying the foundation for a happy and loving marriage.

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