Theatre: Barefoot in the Park
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