By Neil Simon
Directed by James Martinelli
Fridays and Saturdays,
February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, February 8, 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Quick. What is that hysterically funny comedy about a 200-year-old curse, a pair of star-crossed lovers and an entire village composed of complete idiots? Got you fooled? That's right, it's beloved playwright Neil Simon's Fools, a fall-on-the floor, laugh 'til you drop comedic fable about a 19th Century Russian town with a severe learning disability.
Where else would you find a shepherd so stupid, he can't remember his own first name and calls himself, "Something, Something" Snetsky (Michael Janove)? And then there's the befuddled Dr. Zubritsky (Thomas J. Kane) who thinks the secret of man's existence is the number 12. Or, is it 14? What about his dim-witted wife, Lenya (Valerie O'Hara), who sets fire to the drapes because she can't find a candle. These are just some of the villagers that young, idealistic school teacher Leon Tolchinsky (Terrence Ellison) must face as he tries to educate and win the heart of the doctor's beautiful but empty-headed daughter, Sophia (Sylvie Hartley). He does so in order to break the 200-year-old curse of ignorance imposed by the evil Count Yousekevitch (Robert Aloi). According to the Count, "I may be a treacherous venomous snake but, I'm no wet blanket."
Don't you be a wet blanket, come to Fools and meet the rest of the hilarious villagers including the Magistrate (Ed Healy), Slovitch, the Butcher (Susan Bucci), Yenchna, the Vendor (Ellen Eckelmann) and Mishkin, the Postman (Kevin Bain) - as well as a bevy of delightful Russian folk dancers (Jennifer J. Sewall, Nathalie Darvas, Eileen Mislove, Denise Rinaldo, Maxine Schulof and Annmarie Sherlock).
This production is led by veteran Heights director, James Martinelli, who brought us last year's Broadway Bound, another Neil Simon hit. He has put together a capable team to assist him in this endeavor, including Sam Greene (assistant director), Corrine Contrino (stage manager), Bill Wood (set designer), Leo J. Contrino (lighting designer) and Jan VanderPutten (properties).
Lighten up your winter, forget the cold and join us for this laugh-out-loud comedy! Performance dates are February 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8:00 p.m., and February 8, 15 and 22 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors and children under 18. Reservations can be made by calling (718) 237-2752 or by clicking here (24-hour notice for online reservations, please).