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"Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon

By May 5, 2012

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Choose a good location for your play, and the rest will write itself. That's what seems to happen in Barefoot in the Park. The entire play takes place on the fifth floor of an New York apartment building, one without an elevator. In Act One, the walls are bare, the floor is vacant of furniture, and the skylight is broken, allowing it to snow in the middle of their apartment at the most inopportune of moments.

Walking up the stairs completely exhausts the characters, granting hilarious, out-of-breath entrances for telephone repairmen, delivery men, and mother-in-laws alike. Corie loves everything about their new, dysfunctional home, even if one must turn the heat off to warm up the place and flush down in order to make the toilet work. Paul, however, does not feel at home, and with the mounting demands of his career, the apartment becomes a catalyst for stress and anxiety. The setting initially creates the conflict between the two lovebirds, but it is the neighbor character who furthers he tension.

Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park script still connects with today's audiences, despite being nearly four decades old. Read more about this light hearted romantic comedy.


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