Barefoot in the Park is often hailed as an American classic. It’s been made into a hit movie and its playwright, Neil Simon, has more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. Given this solid pedigree, I expected a lot of heart, humor, and humanity from this production. I didn’t necessarily get what I’d hoped for.
Barefoot in the Park follows newly-weds Corie and Paul as they settle into their first home together. Free-spirited Corie sees a lot of potential in the cozy sixth-floor apartment while rising star lawyer Paul is less sure of the broken skylight, cramped quarters, unorthodox electrical wiring, and lack of bathtub. Therein the central conflict: Corie whines of having “nothing in common” when Paul refuses to let loose and “enjoy life”. Only her idea of enjoying life is setting her unsuspecting mother up on a blind date with a slightly-strange lothario upstairs neighbor. One woman’s adventure is another’s nightmare!