Credit info for Barefoot in the Park
Title: Barefoot in the Park
Role: Principal – Paul
Director: Dottie Smith
Production Company: Vero Beach Theatre
My acting scene(s) in Barefoot in the Park
Unfortunately, I don’t have any video, pictures, Playbill or ANYTHING from Barefoot in the Park. This was in the days just before cellphones – and video cameras were still expensive. I was living in Miami Beach and they had to rent me a room at a hotel to stay in. They offered me my Equity card, but I turned it down.
This was my best comedy acting.
Trailer for Barefoot in the Park
Paul, a conservative young lawyer, marries the vivacious Corie. Their highly passionate relationship descends into comical discord in a five-flight New York City walk-up apartment.
Corie and Paul Bratter are a newlywed couple. For their first home, they live in an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in New York City. During the course of four days, the couple learns to live together while facing the usual daily ups-and-downs. Corrie wants Paul to become more easy-going: for example, to run “barefoot in the park.”
We played it very broad, like a skit from Saturday Night Live. I suggested we do the classic Heimlich bit when Corie’s Mom (instead of Elizabeth Taylor) chokes on the meatballs. The audience was rolling in the aisles when I was doing the maneuver on this older, proper woman.
I got the biggest laugh when (during a fight with Corie) I came out of our closet in white boxers with red hearts and black dress socks and said, “Yeah? Well it was a lot harder to watch what you were doing than it was for you to do what I was watching!” And then I did a head nod and stomped back in the closet. Brought the house down every night! I practiced saying it as loud, fast and funny as possible with good diction while getting into makeup before every show.
Another great moment was towards the end when the telephone repairman is caught in the middle of our argument. He is just trying to do his job and not wanting to take sides. I couldn’t see exactly what he was doing, but he always got big laughs in that scene. It taught me the importance of acting even if you don’t have any words.
Thank you to Dottie Smith for giving me a chance. I auditioned with a bad cold. She said later it was so cute, because she could tell I wanted the show so bad.
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