Williams Street Repertory (WSR), winner of four BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards, will end its 2013/14 Season with Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. Directed by Regina Belt-Daniels, the production, hailed by the New York Times as, “a bubbling, rib-tickling comedy,” runs May 2 through May 11 at Raue Center For The Arts, Crystal Lake.
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's the straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's the free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, as she sees it. He's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous.
It's Belt-Daniel's second directing endeavor with WSR. A transplant from upstate New York and a Crystal Lake resident for 34 years, she brings with her years of stage managing, producing, set building, acting and directing. She serves as Vice-President of the Raue Board of Directors, and served on the TownSquare Players Board for 30 years.
Playing adoring newlyweds, Paul and Corie Bratter, are David Lowenthal and Amanda Flahive. Other cast members include Mark Mahallak as Victor Velasco, Shannon Mayhall as Ethel Banks (Corie’s mother), Ryan McNerney as the Delivery Man (Cliff) and Rob Scharlow as the Telephone Repair Man.
Show Opens at 8 p.m. May 2 Additional Shows: at 8 p.m. May 3, 9 and 10; and at 3 p.m. May 4 and 11
Tickets start at $25. Group pricing is available. Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.RAUECENTER.ORG or via the box office at 815-356-9212 or 26 N. Williams Street.