Theater Review: Barefoot in the Park

Fifty years ago, a show called Nobody Loves Me debuted at the Bucks County Playhouse. After receiving a warm welcome in New Hope, that same show was re-titled Barefoot in the Park and went on to become one of the longest running non-musicals on Broadway, winning several Tony Awards along the way and eventually becoming a popular movie with Robert Redford & Jane Fonda.

Pictured: Lee Aaron Rosen and Virginia Veale. Photo: Mandee Kuenzle

When Bucks County’s beloved theater re-opened it’s doors earlier this summer, it was only fitting for the Playhouse to channel it’s brilliant history by bringing back Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. The show centers around the humorous trials and tribulations of two newlyweds on the top floor of a New York brownstone.  Though filled with nostalgic references to the 1960s, the story-lines easily transcend time- a new couple’s ridiculously dramatic first fight, an over-bearing mother, and a quirky neighbor.

Pictured: Virginia Veale, Jonathan Hadary, Lee Aaron Rosen, and Candy Buckley. Photo: Mandee Kuenzle

The small cast of five deliver noteworthy performances, with supporting actress Candy Buckley (Corie’s Mother) of HBO’s Treme standing out from the pack with her exceptional comedic timing. The rest of the cast rounds out with Jonathan Hadary (Victor Velasco) who recently played King Arthur in Broadway’s hit Spamalot; Lee Aaron Rosen (Paul Bratter a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, Virgina Veale (Corie Bratter) a recent graduate of The Juilliard Drama Division; and Robert John Biedermann who just got off his 9th National tour in 8 years. Leading the cast is director Sheryl Kaller, a Tony Award-nominee in 2010 for Geoffrey Nauffts’ award-winning play, Next Fall.

For locals, there is an extra casting treat in store- guest appearances by distinguished community leaders in the walk-on role of the “Delivery Person.” Click here to see the fun line-up.

Pictured: Jonathan Hadary and Candy Buckley. Photo: Mandee Kuenzle

This show will bring back warm memories to devoted fans of the play or movie while also resonating with the younger generation experiencing Barefoot in the Park for the first time. Check out upcoming showtimes below:

August 7, 2012 — September 2, 2012

Performance Times:
Tuesdays at 8 pm
Wednesdays at 8 pm
Thursdays at 4 pm & 8:30 pm
Fridays at 8 pm
Saturdays at 4 pm & 8:30 pm
Sundays at 2 pm