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This was thoroughly enjoyable and far too short The cast was fantastic and perfect for this Neil Simon s timeless story. This is a very short production of a classic play that sounds like it has a laugh track but is allegedly a real audience Us baby boomers maybe might think the one liners of which there are an incredible number are funny But I think millennial s might be scratching their heads Since I am a baby boomer I thought it was a little bit funny but it got old pretty quickly Glad it was less than two hours I m not quite sure how I came upon this but in case you come upon it I suggest you just keep on This is a very short production of a classic play that sounds like it has a laugh track but is allegedly a real audience Us baby boomers maybe might think the one liners of which there are an incredible number are funny But I think millennial s might be scratching their heads Since I am a baby boomer I thought it was a little bit funny but it got old pretty quickly Glad it was less than two hours I m not quite sure how I came upon this but in case you come upon it I suggest you just keep on going There is a 10 minute interview at the end of the play which is slightlyinteresting than the play itself but also not worth a lot of attention Is Neal Simon still relevant in the 21st century Based just on this one experience I would have to say maybe not I can t believe I hadn t seen this before Not on stage, not on screen I am kind of glad I hadn t, however There is something about reading a play blankly that inspires the imagination, and never having seen this staged allowed me to direct it all in my head with the gentle nudging of Neil Simon.I did like Barefoot in the Park I did laugh I am seriously looking forward to watching it now, but But, I dunno It is from the seventies It is cheesy It is problematic But fuck that It wa I can t believe I hadn t seen this before Not on stage, not on screen I am kind of glad I hadn t, however There is something about reading a play blankly that inspires the imagination, and never having seen this staged allowed me to direct it all in my head with the gentle nudging of Neil Simon.I did like Barefoot in the Park I did laugh I am seriously looking forward to watching it now, but But, I dunno It is from the seventies It is cheesy It is problematic But fuck that It was still fun, and isn t fun what it is all about with a comedy I think so.Later Now that was a lame, late night, too much wine review I think I said the same thing about fun being what comedy is all about when I discussed Last of the Red Hot Lovers, and the repetition of that sentiment doesn t sit well in my head Sure fun and humour are good, but for a comedy to really hold up especially forty years andlater there has to somethingto it than mere fun I am not sure there is muchto Barefoot in the Park.So yes, I reiterate that it is fun But beyond that I am struggling to see what it has going for it in fact, having rewatched episodes of Brady Bunch, Mary Tyler Moore, WKRP, and M A S Hthis week, Barefoot in the Park seems to have less going for it than those half hour sit coms If anything, Barefoot in the Park is just a long form sit com Attractive, newlywed couple in a slightly smaller version of Monica s Friends apartment, dealing with their wacky neighbours and Mother in law newly returned to the dating game with the suavest of their neighbours There are the usual husband wife, overly emotional, let s get divorced hi jinx, absentee landlord annoyances, silly NYC jokes, and that is about it Meanwhile, the sitcoms I watched in the same period dealt with issues of relationship age gaps, the conventions around death and funerals, gender roles in the work place, homo and transphobia, medical ethics, anti war criticism and lots of different takes on sexuality I ll take the four sit coms over Barefoot in the Park, I think So I am dropping my initial three star review to a two star I think that better suits my sober feelings 5 stars for the great mood I m in right now This play is just plain silliness, which normally doesn t float my boat But man, oh, man, today it just hit the spot We meet this young newlywed couple She s happy go lucky and he s Well, he s a lawyer And a real stuffed shirt And in the face of a tiny Manhattan apartment with a hole in the skylight and reversed plumbing, their 2 week old marriage falls apart But not to worry they get back together Don t bitch about spoilers, people Firs 5 stars for the great mood I m in right now This play is just plain silliness, which normally doesn t float my boat But man, oh, man, today it just hit the spot We meet this young newlywed couple She s happy go lucky and he s Well, he s a lawyer And a real stuffed shirt And in the face of a tiny Manhattan apartment with a hole in the skylight and reversed plumbing, their 2 week old marriage falls apart But not to worry they get back together Don t bitch about spoilers, people First off, you weren t gonna read this anyway, and second, it s Neil Simon so you have to expect a happy ending Ok, anyway, they get back together, but not before lots of whackiness ensues Their upstirs neighbor who lives in the attic is really my kinda guy eating funky foods, saying funky stuff I d fix him up with my grandmother if he existed in real life And thanks to the funky neighbor, they all sorta get a whole new lease on life and re learn to love each other and live happily after and hopefully, have fantastic sex 3 5 times per week for all eternity Hey, Jini and Christina, let s do this play in February It s a technician s nightmare and we can t afford to build a set, but it sure is a cute love story [ Download Ebook ] ☰ Barefoot in the Park ♷ Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word He s a straight as an arrow lawyer and she s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick Their new apartment is her most recent find too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor in the attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does Paul just doesn t understand Corie, as she sees it He s too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little spontaneous, running barefoot in the park would be a start Delightful comedy,a newlywed couple try to adjust to real life.The movie featuring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford is hilarious. I guess half the sitcoms of the 60s 70s have Neil Simon s humor It s great stuff. Paul and Corie Bratter have been married just six days when they move into their first home together an apartment five floors up six, if you count the stoop with a broken skylight in winter , no furniture, and no bathtub About the only thing that works is the phone Paul is conservative, down to earth, and sensible Corie is his total opposite happy, extroverted, and fun loving She sees the best in everything and everyone Oh, the neighbor in the attic Victor Velasco has to climb thro Paul and Corie Bratter have been married just six days when they move into their first home together an apartment five floors up six, if you count the stoop with a broken skylight in winter , no furniture, and no bathtub About the only thing that works is the phone Paul is conservative, down to earth, and sensible Corie is his total opposite happy, extroverted, and fun loving She sees the best in everything and everyone Oh, the neighbor in the attic Victor Velasco has to climb through the Bratters bedroom window to get to his own apartment because he has been locked out by the landlord due to not paying his rent Victor befriends Corie, though Paul has serious doubts about him Victor has been married three times and is referred to as a Bluebeard Charming, funny, and totally unconventional, he hasin common with Corie than Paul does On the other hand, Paul is muchlike Corie sees Victor as a potential match for her widowed mother, Ethel Banks, who is trying to deal with the marriage of her only child Ethel is not the stereotypical interfering mother mother in law She s worried about her daughter, but also lonely It s as if Corie s newfound independence has left Ethel with no purpose in life Corie sets her mother up on a blind date with Victor though she doesn t mention this to Ethel The four of them go to an Albanian restaurant chosen by Victor, and the differences between Corie and Paul become extremely evident Corie and Paul have to decide is their marriage worth saving Are they two different to stay together Barefoot in the Park has its serious moments, but it s mostly very funny The last time I laughed this much listening to an audiobook was Cabin Pressure Laura Linney as Corie and Eric Stoltz as Paul are hilarious I loved Paul s descriptions of their neighbors, especially the one in Apartment 4D No one has come in or gone out in three years, except every morning there are nine empty cans of tuna fish outside the door Paul Really Who do you think lives there Corie Well, it sounds like a big cat with a can opener Paul Very funny and surprisingly still modern for a play that came out in 1963 I also love the sixties music soundtrack, especially What s New Pussycat by Tom Jones as they go to the Albanian restaurant This audiobook makes me want to watch the 1967 movie with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, though I m not really a fan of either actor Basic Plot Paul and Corie are two newlyweds trying to figure each other out and make their brand new marriage work despite their personal differences.This play was cute, but is getting to be considerably dated As it was first performed in 1963 and was written for that time period , I think that marriage is a bit different today Paul and Corie hardly seem to know what they ve gotten into by marrying each other Paul is shocked by Corie s adventurousness, and she is annoyed by his conservatism Basic Plot Paul and Corie are two newlyweds trying to figure each other out and make their brand new marriage work despite their personal differences.This play was cute, but is getting to be considerably dated As it was first performed in 1963 and was written for that time period , I think that marriage is a bit different today Paul and Corie hardly seem to know what they ve gotten into by marrying each other Paul is shocked by Corie s adventurousness, and she is annoyed by his conservatism I can t help but think that today, people getting married seem to have a much better idea of what they are getting into when they marry Why is this an issue Well, as a theatre person who would theoretically be seeking to put on the show, I would have trouble getting my actors to connect to the character interactions The cast and I would then have trouble selling it to an audience who doesn t operate this was any and doesn t have the benefit of weeks of getting used to the ideas the director bashes into the heads of the actors Considering my acting pool is a bunch of teenagers, this is doubly hard Corie is a housewife and happy in that position The big lesson of the play is that she needs to try to take care of her husband and make him happy Now, I agree with this, but as one side of a two sided coin that involves BOTH spouses taking care of each OTHER and making EACH OTHER happy The funniest moments in the play involve Paul being drunk, and most of the other funny moments relate to other characters drinking being drunk This is fine for adults, but at the high school level isn t entirely appropriate Overall it s not bad, but I don t know that it s a show I d ever actually seek to put on I fell in love with this play in the first act I thought it was fast, funny, and smart with some great character moments The role of Corie is a lot of fun she s completely in love and naive Paul couldn t be any of a nerd but there s an endearing nature to his stuffiness, as long as you realize he just doesn t get it The other, smaller roles are nice touches with the telephone repair man really owning his moments.However, like Corie and her realization of marriage, my honeymoon stage wit I fell in love with this play in the first act I thought it was fast, funny, and smart with some great character moments The role of Corie is a lot of fun she s completely in love and naive Paul couldn t be any of a nerd but there s an endearing nature to his stuffiness, as long as you realize he just doesn t get it The other, smaller roles are nice touches with the telephone repair man really owning his moments.However, like Corie and her realization of marriage, my honeymoon stage with the play ended and I wasn t as thrilled with the other two acts It s not that they were bad, but they lost a lot of that charm I liked in the beginning It gains a lot of the momentum back in the final scene, but never fully recovers Watching Corie just give up is hilarious, as we watch her just fall apart on the marriage and the fight between the couple is a back and fourth nightmare, but great to read It ends on a better note than I thought it would, though I would likeclosure I suppose my biggest problem with the play is that Simon doesn t write these characters as in depth as Jake s Women, even though they re great characters There s not much in realizations, just reactions to crazy moments.Still, what we watch is great and the first week of Corie and Paul s marriage is a riot Good stuff