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Barefoot In The Park

By Neil Simon
Directed by Alan Barkan

January 18 through February 16, 2008

Precariously poised atop the highs of JFK's Camelot, Neil Simon's comic gem debuted on Broadway a month before Lee Harvey Oswald splashed cold water in this country's face.

Simon's wall of laughs glitters now as then and we are left breathless, marveling at the show's surprisingly dark underbelly. The overbelly (if such a word exists) concerns a couple, Corie and Paul Bratter, newly wed and freshly installed in their fifth-floor walk-up (six floors if you count the stoop).

Corie's free-spirited ways clash with her husband and his self-proclaimed practicality - he's "the man" in more than one sense. Add in Corie's lonely mom, an aging Lothario living upstairs, and you have a comedy for the ages - and not just for the Age of Aquarius.

The reviews are in:

"The entire cast is strong" — Contra Costa Times

"The Actors Ensemble bunch hits the mark" — The Berkeley Daily Planet


Ljuba Davis as Ethel Banks

Jose Garcia as the Delivery Man

David Irving as Paul Bratter

Jerome Solberg as the Telephone Man

David Spinner as Victor Velasco

Wendy Welch as Mrs. Corie Bratter



Alan Barkan • Director

Eric Carlson • Assistant Director

Jose Garcia • Stage Manager

Shu Ping Guan • Set Design

Bob Gudmundsson • Lighting Design

Helen Slomowitz • Costumes

Jerome Solberg • Producer

Eric Carlson, Christian Carter, Bob Gudmundsson, Jerome Solberg • Set ConstructionAnita

Akella Natasha Guber • Light & Sound Operators


Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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