Oil Lamp Theater’s Barefoot in the Park Review – Classic Neil Simon Encore


This year, Oil Lamp Theater is off to the movies!!  A mix of old and new favorites starting with Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, the opener of Oil Lamp Theater’s 2016 season!  What an upbeat choice! No shortage of hijinks here!


You know the story: Corie and Paul are newlyweds, fresh from their honeymoon. Corie is still enthralled by the adventure that comes with youth and marriage. Paul, however, feels it is time to focus on his burgeoning career as an up-and-coming lawyer. When they don’t see eye-to-eye about their apartment, their neighbors, and their sex drive (Yikes! What’s left?), the new marriage experiences its first “rough patch.”


A trademark Neil Simon confection, Barefoot in the Park wasdescribed by The New York Times asa “bubbling, rib-tickling comedy.”  


The charming cast features Eric Bays as Paul, April Taylor as Corie, Beth Goldberg as Mrs. Banks, Matt Bartholomew as Victor, and Cody Wimmer as Telephone Repair Man. Traci Cidlik serves as Stage Manager.


A freelance director, Josh Johnson has been working in Chicago for over 11 years with Strangeloop Theatre, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, Black Elephant Theatre and Oil Lamp Theater, among others. He has been the Managing Director of Red Tape Theatre since 2014 and is a member of the Joseph Jefferson Committee's A/T Team.


Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, with evening performances at 8:00pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm. Tickets are $35 and include complimentary cookies and soft drinks. Oil Lamp Theater is BYOB with complimentary corkage and glasses. Tickets are available at 847-834-0738 or online at  Oil Lamp Theater Group rates are available.


The show will play January 7 through February 21, 2016, at Oil Lamp Theater 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview.



Oil Lamp Theater is located in downtown Glenview, Illinois, at 1723 Glenview Road. Free parking lots are available immediately west of the theater and across the street. Street parking is also available throughout downtown Glenview. Handicap parking is available adjacent to the theater.


The theater may be reached by car (approximately one mile west of I-94) or by Metra (three blocks east of Milwaukee District/North – Glenview Station).  For more information on traveling to Oil Lamp Theater, visit.



Title:         Barefoot in the Park

By:           Neil Simon

Directed by: Josh Johnson

Cast:                Eric Bays, April Taylor, Beth Goldberg, Matt Bartholomew, Cody Wimmer



Prices:      All performances $35

                Group rates available



Box Office: 847-834-0738; oillampwebsite


Photos: Courtesy of Oil Lamp Theatre


More Hollywood favorites coming up!



by David Auburn

March 3rd - April 3rd

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness-or genius-will she inherit? Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.



"Father of the Bride"

by Caroline Francke

April 14th - June 5th

Mr. Banks learns that one of the young men he has seen occasionally about the house is about to become his son-in-law. Mrs. Banks and her sons are happy, but Mr. Banks is in a dither. The groom-to-be, Buckley Dunstan, appears on the scene and Mr. Banks realizes that the engagement is serious. Buckley and their daughter, Kay don't want a "big" wedding-just a simple affair with a few friends! We soon learn, however, that the "few" friends idea is out. Then trouble really begins. The guest list grows larger each day, a caterer is called in, florists, furniture movers and dressmakers take over, and the Banks household is soon caught in turmoil-not to mention growing debt.


"On Golden Pond"

by Ernest Thompson

June 16th - July 31st

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory-but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness-and slang-in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. 



"Twelve Angry Jurors"

by Reginald Rose

August 11th - September 25th

A 19-year-old man has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. "He doesn't stand a chance," mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room. It looks like an open-and-shut case-until one of the jurors begins opening the others' eyes to the facts.  Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become angry. The jurors' final verdict and how they reach it-in tense scenes that will electrify you.  Set in a courtroom in Chicago today.



"44 Plays for 44 Presidents"

by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston and Karen Weinberg


October 6th - November 13th

A chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the office so far. Their mistakes and successes are celebrated by a company of actors who take turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency. Beginning with George Washington's almost Eden-like perfection, the scenes shift frequently between the comic and the tragic, from Ben Franklin giving Thomas Jefferson a Borscht Belt-style roast, and arrives at a polarized America in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama plays. Audience members consider their role in shaping the history they've just witnessed, as they are left to ponder where the presidency has gone since its fall from paradise...and where it will go next.


The Holiday show is to be announced…





Over the past ten years, Oil Lamp Theater has been dedicated to the presentation of traditional theater in an immersive, intimate setting.

Under the executive and artistic leadership of Keith Gerth, Oil Lamp Theater has welcomed more than 20,000 guests into its unique, inviting venue. In March, 2012, Oil Lamp Theater was incorporated at a not-for-profit theater and established its current 60-seat location in downtown Glenview.

The professional company performs plays that present and appeal to core American traditional values relevant to current issues. Oil Lamp Theater welcomes patrons as family, encouraging a personal atmosphere and artist interactions to emphasize human emotional connections.

Find Oil Lamp Theater on Facebook or follow @OilLampTheater on Twitter. For more information, visit oillamptheater.org.





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