Barefoot in the Park
CHRISTOPHER SMITH Sewell Barn, Norwich
Sewell Barn, Norwich
Barefoot in the Park is a modern, American comedy, neat, well-honed, ingenious and always offering another joke before the audience has stopped laughing at the one it has just heard.
With June Gentle getting the costumes just right to bring out the differences between the characters, director Mal Lucas and designer Angela Rowe present Neil Simon's play at a brisk pace with the right amount of realism to add substance to the situations.
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Played by Laura Landa-more, Corrie is a leggy teenager who can hardly keep her feet on the ground as a newly-wed.
Her flexibility comes across all the better because her husband (Jonathan Redding) is a bit more stable, as befits a lawyer who is quite as likely to loose his cases as his wife.
- 1 Bar splashes out £500,000 on outdoor dining area
- 2 Former car showroom could make way for 146 student flats
- 3 Police action over 'slavery' flag flying in Norwich garden
- 4 Former pubs, schools and leisure centres among arson-hit sites
- 5 'This is nature' - Sadness as cathedral peregrine chick dies
- 6 Owners put Tudor mansion wedding venue up for sale for £3.9m
- 7 Why teacher was right to report Confederate flag to police
- 8 'They thought I was crazy' - New owner's lockdown pub success
- 9 'It was divine' - Why this seafood platter is receiving rave reviews online
- 10 Top of the Pops dancer, Octopussy star and 'Lord' settles in Norfolk
Liz Latimer, as Corrie's mother, adds a lot. At the opening she gives a virtuoso performance as she makes a show of gallantly trying to admire everything that puts her back up.
As Victor, David Ivins is the odd man out who finds his way in. In a cast of Americans, he brings an exotic accent, some unusual cuisine and an oddly alien manner.
And why Barefoot in the Park? That would be telling. But think of skiing with carnations between your teeth and you won't be too far off piste.