THEATER: Barefoot in the Park
May 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Jeff Press
May 20 – June 11, 2022
Sunday Matinee: June 5, 2022
Boring Paul and optimistic and impulsive Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. Paul is a straight-laced lawyer and Corie a romantic free-spirit; nevertheless, opposite attract and the two are wild about each other. For their first home, they live in an apartment on the top floor of a brownstone in Manhattan. It may be small and a six-flight climb, the heating may be busted and snow may be falling through the skylights, but it’s home. Corie is optimistic about their future together, while Paul, the more anxious and grounded half of the couple, worries about the various flaws in the apartment, such as the hold in the skylights, their leaky closet, and the lack of a bathtub.
After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother. During the visit, Corie attempts to set her conservative, widowed mother up with their eccentric, bohemian neighbor Mr. Velasco. A wild night ensues, one that highlights just how different Corie and Paul are.
During the course of four days, the couple learns to live together while facing their differences and the usual daily ups-and-downs. Corie wants Paul to become more easy-going; for example, to run “barefoot in the park”. The young couple must learn how to accept and embrace their differences as they learn that marriage is no easy walk in the park.