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Barefoot in the Park


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This is a sweet, solid retelling of Neil Simon's story about an attorney and his free-spirited bride adjusting to marriage in a tiny Greenwich Village walk-up. Committing 100 percent to every wacky moment, each actor brings a distinctive energy to the mix. Rod Thomas as husband Paul plays dependable straight man to Elizabeth Ledo's Corie, who's like Tinker Bell on crystal meth, channeling her megawattage into euphoria, despair, and rage. Playing Corie's mother, Peggy Roeder reveals unfailing comic instincts as a woman swept off her sensible shoes by the charismatic (and lecherous and broke) upstairs neighbor (Jim McCance). Brian Sidney Bembridge's evocative apartment set can be seen as charming potential love nest--or ramshackle disaster area. Through 2/26: Wed 8 PM, Thu 2 and 8 PM, Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 5:30 and 9 PM, Sun 2:30 and 7 PM, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Roosevelt and Butterfield, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-530-0111, $22-$26.

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