Neil Simon Comedy Coming to Central


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Theater Professor Richard Turner, pictured here from the department’s 2009 production of ‘Willy Wonka,’ is directing ‘Barefoot in the Park.’

San Jacinto College’s Department of Theatre and Film on the Central Campus is presenting Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning comedy “Barefoot in the Park” beginning March 27. 

Simon, one of the theater’s most prolific playwrights, passed away last year leaving a void in the dramatic arts according to Theater Professor Richard Turner, the show’s director.

“We have recently lost, in my opinion, one of the great American artists and creator of worlds on the page,” Turner said.

In the show, Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer, and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.

Turner said he considers “Barefoot in the Park,” along with much of Simon’s other work, a classic and credits the playwrightfor writing a script that “stands the test of time.”

“His characters are funny, strange, strong, intelligent, and soulful,” he added, “depending on his variety of work that has lasted decades.”

Performances for “Barefoot in the Park” take place March 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. and March 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the Powell Arena Theater in the Fine Arts building (C13) on the Central Campus. Box office information is available at (281) 476-1828.


Victoria Van Brocklin contributed to this report.