Friday, July 14, 2017 - 8:00 pm
Neil Simon is at his best in this hilarious romantic comedy about a conservative straight-as-an-arrow young lawyer and his free-spirited new bride. They are newlyweds in every sense of the word – still giddy from their over-the-top honeymoon at The Plaza – and now find themselves in a less-than-perfect Greenwich Village fifth-floor walkup in New York City. The pricey apartment with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job is only the beginning of their rocky happily-ever-after life.
The comedy unfolds as the couple moves into their new apartment and receives a surprise visit from the bride’s easily-winded, loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor in-the-attic - where everything that can go wrong does. The antics just get started as the mother and neighbor surprisingly get along better than anyone expected; while the newlyweds can only argue. The bride feels the groom is too staid and boring – she wants him to be more spontaneous - and running barefoot in the park would be a nice start!
“Barefoot In The Park” originally opened in 1963 to rave reviews and was nominated for three Tony Awards. The play ran for over 1530 performances making it Neil Simon’s longest running hit. The New York Times wrote at the time “I don’t think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up”.
The Saybrook Stage Company is pleased to return once again to The Kate in Neil Simon’s rib-tickling romantic comedy directed by Jim Hile. This will be their 14th production at The Kate and the second Neil Simon Play having performed “Rumors” in July 2014 – the more recent previous plays are Noises Off, Deathtrap, The Wayside Motor Inn, Moon Over Buffalo and this past January, The Farnsworth Invention.