Theatre / Barefoot in the Park

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A popular Romantic Comedy by Neil Simon which premiered on Broadway in 1963.

Newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter return from their honeymoon ready to start their exciting new life together in a minuscule fifth-floor walkup apartment in a downtown-Manhattan brownstone, but things aren't exactly going as planned. The impulsive Corie's apartment choice doesn't meet Paul's - or any sane person's - standards. Six exhausting flights of stairs lead to a one-room apartment which lacks bathtub, furniture, heat, and room for a double bed. What highlights does the apartment supply? Quirky neighbors, including oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and a giant hole in the skylight.

Made into a movie in 1967, starring Robert Redford as Paul (he played the role on Broadway, too) and Jane Fonda as Corie. The play has also received two TV adaptations: a short-lived ABC sitcom in 1970 and a 1980 special on HBO.

Tropes:

  • Exiled to the Couch: When Corie is on the verge of divorcing Paul, she shuts herself in the bedroom and throws out a pillow, blanket, and sheet so Paul can go to sleep on the sofa. He tries to...and then snow starts falling on his head through the broken skylight, leaving him with a cold the next day.
  • Non-Specifically Foreign: Velasco. Most tellingly, he takes great pride in his knichi, an exotic dish of unknown origin and one that is non-existent in real life. He was also portrayed by an Austrian and a Frenchman in the original Broadway production and film adaptation, respectively.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Corie is shown wearing Paul's shirt after he leaves their honeymoon suite for the first time.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Paul is a straight-laced attorney, Corie a far more spontaneous free spirit.

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