'Barefoot in Park' opening Friday in Gibson City
GIBSON CITY — Side by Side Productions will present Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" this upcoming weekend at Father Kirk Memorial Hall, 534 N. Wood St.
The dessert performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. To reserve, call 260-782-4378.
One of Simon's best-known plays, "Barefoot in the Park" tells the story of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter. Paul is a buttoned-down lawyer whose idea of fun is organizing his neckties. Corie is a free spirit who's always ready for a new adventure.
As the two adjust to married life in their tiny Greenwich Village apartment, they not only have to adjust to a five-flight climb to their apartment and the hole in their skylight but also their eccentric upstairs neighbor and Corie's mother's occasional visit. When Corie tries to play matchmaker to her mother and Mr. Velasco, plans go from bad to worse.
Mike O'Brien of Gibson City plays Paul, with Vie Anglin-Jones of Saybrook filling the role of Corie. Mr. Velasco is played by Greg Herriott of Paxton, and Anne Newman of Paxton is Corie's mother. Haiden Coates of Gibson City portrays the telephone repairman. The show is directed by Rich Perkins of Sibley.
The show is Side By Side Productions' second after a murder mystery in October.
"We started Side by Side Productions on the notion that we want to have some fun and bring back a variety of live theater events to Gibson City," said O'Brien, one of the group's founders. "We're looking at doing a variety of events such as our murder-mystery dinners, plays, puppetry and possibly even theater camps."
Other founders of the organization include Jenna Kyle-O'Brien and Rich and Diane Perkins.