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Foolsl Review

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DON
'T
BEFOOLED:
In
Bare Bones Theater'sproductionofNeil Simon'scomedy, Fools, Bruce Hollander of East Northport getspronouncedinperfect health by a doctor played by
Tim
Do
la
n,
who unfortunately neverattendedmedical school.
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"F
I"
re
ones
00
s
on
stag'e
ByELISE PEARLMAN
He's
about
to
be
very
disappointed.
The
first
villager
whom
heencounters
TheBareBones
Repertory
Co
mpany,known
for d
an
c
ing
to
a diffe
re
nf
dru
mmer
in
ter
ms
of
th
eatrical
choice
s,
begins it
s
run
of
Neil
Sim
on's
"Fools"
th
is
wee
kend.
You
might
say
that
B
are
B
ones
ha
s
really
take
n
it
to
another
lev
el
this
ti
me
arou
nd."Fools"
closedonly
a
mon
th
afterit
op
enedon
Broadway
in
19
81.
How
so?
At
the
time,
it
was
rumored
that
Simon
was
going
through
a divorce,
and that
since
his
ex-wife
would
reap
the
financial
rewards of this
particular
show,
the
playwrightendeavoredto write
a
fl
op.
But
could
the
man
who
has
been
called
the
world's
most
successful
and
prolific
playwright write
a
bad
play?
While
audiences
of
that
daymight
not
have
been
ready
for a
production
that
differed
so
radically
from "The
Sunshine
Boys"
or
"The
Odd
Couple,"I will tell
you
that
"Fools" glows
with
the
creative
genius
for
which
Simon
has
always
been
known.
And,
in the
hands
of
the
extraordinarily
talented
cast
directed byBare
Bones
founder
Jeff
Bennett,
the
show
is
uproariously
funny.
As
the
play opens,
a
melody
with
a foreign lilt
transports
you
into
the
Ukrainian
village
of
Kulyenchikov
inthe
late 1800s.
At
first
glance,
the
provincial
village
seems
nice
enough
and
akin
to
what
my
Russian ancestors
might have
known.
Or
maybe
not
.
Enter
Leon
Tolchinsky
(played
by
Mike
O'Connor of
Greenlawn).
The
earnest
young scholar
with
a
passion
for
teaching
has
come
to
the
remote
village to
pursue
his
firstposition
as
a
schoolmaster.
"This
is
a
very
auspicious
day in
my
life,"
he
proclaims,
as
his
heart
races
with
excitement.is
a
shepherd namedSnetsky
(RobertOliver
of
Nort
hp
ort
).
Li
keLittle Bo Peep,
Snets
ky
has
losthissheep,
and
from
the
looks of
t
hings,
most
of hismarbles,
He
as
ks
Leon
to
give
hisit
iner
ant
she
epa m
essag
e
fo
r
him.
Strangely
en
ough,
Sne
tsky
thinkshe
is
in
P
oland,
and
can
't
se
em
to
remember
hiso
wn
first
name. Has
Le
on
simply
encountered
the
vill
age
idiot?
W
hen
Leon
observes
that
the
villagers
are
lacking
in'mental alert
n
ess,'
it's
a
serious
overesti
mat
ion.
Ignorance
may
not
benot
bliss,
b
ut
it
appears
to
be
th
e
norm
in K
ul
yen
chikov.
It
s
inhabitants
are
extre
mely literal,
and
basic
vocabulary
words
remain
frustratingly
out
of
reach
as
if
glued
to
the
tips
of their
tongues.
If
Leon
is
looking
for a
brain
surgeon,
he
is
barking
up
the
wrong
genealogical
tree.
As
helearns
from
his
employer,Dr.
Zubritsky
(Tim Dolan)
and
his
wife,
Lenya (Christine
Nelson),
the cause
of
what
appears
to be
an
epidemic of
stupidity was
a
major romantic
mishapdating
back
200
years.When
.Vladimir
Yousekevitch's
son
killed
himself after
he
was
forbiddento
marry.his
love,
Sophia
Zubritsky,
Vladimir
placed
a
curse
on
Kulyenchikov
such that
those
.
who
live
thereare
forever
destined
to
be
born
and
die
in
ignorance.
Leon
unexpectedly
falls
prey
to
a
romanticquagmire ofhis
own
when
he
is
introduced
to
the
Zubritskys'beautiful
19-year-old
daughter,
also
named
Sophia
(Lauren
Esposito
of
East
Northport)~
It's
love
at
first
sight.
Leon
only
has
24hours
to
lift
the
spell
by educating Sophiaor
risk
falling
under
the
curse
himself.
Confounding
his
dilemma
is
that
his
rival for
Sophia'shand-in-marriage
is
the
conniving
Count
Gregor
Yousek
evitch
(Contin
ued
on
pa
ge
15)
.
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