• Neil Simon romantic classic at Dorset
    July 24,2013
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    DORSET — Dorset Theatre Festival will present Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park” as the third show in its 2013 summer season.

    “This is a great comedy for our community,” says Dina Janis, Dorset’s artistic director. “It’s funny but it also has a lot of heart. It’s romantic and appeals to audiences of all ages.”

    Newlyweds Paul and Corie set up housekeeping in a tiny fifth floor walkup in New York’s Greenwich Village (well before it became fashionable). They find they must learn to live with leaking skylights, nosy neighbors, interfering in laws and — oh, yes — each other.

    The production will be directed by Jenn Thompson, Dorset’s resident director and co-Artistic Director of The Actors Company Theatre in New York City. Previous Dorset productions include “Noises Off” and “Boeing-Boeing.”

    The cast includes Tony Roach, who has appeared in “The Men” at Primary Stages and “You Can’t Take It With You” at TACT; Lesley Shires who recently performed at TACT in “Happy Birthday”; Geoffrey Wade, most recently seen in the Weston Playhouse’s production of “Educating Rita”; and Amelia White, a local favorite remembered for her Dorset roles in “Noises Off,” “Boeing-Boeing” and “Deathtrap.” She also recently appeared in the acclaimed Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” starring Scarlett Johanssen.

    Joining them is actor Evan Thomspon, whose Broadway credits include “Ivanov” and “An American Daughter,” familiar to local audiences for his role in “Noises Off,” and local favorite Tom Ferguson, who has previously appeared in Dorset’s New Play Reading Series workshop production of “The Bay of Fundy” by Sherry Kramer.

    The production team includes scenic design by Kevin Judge, whose Dorset credits include “Boeing-Boeing,” “Good People” and “Mauritius, lights by Producing Director Michael Giannitti, costumes by Theresa Snider-Stein and sound design by Stephen Kunken.

    Dorset Theatre Festival
    Dorset Theatre Festival presents Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” July 25-Aug. 10 at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road in Dorset. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday (and Tuesday, Aug. 6), plus 3 p.m. matinees Wednesdays, Saturday, July 27, and Sundays. Tickets are $47-$38, $20 for students; call 802-867-2223, or go online to www.dorsettheatrefestival.org.
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