It’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time — and oh so true to life.
Barefoot in the Park, playing at the Springer Opera House this weekend, tells the story of what happens after boy meets girl — and after they find out they’re very, very different.
Meet Paul and Corrie Bratter. Newlyweds in 1960s New York City, the couple has only been married six days when they find out that one is a Type A sock-sorter and the other a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants free spirit. Can love possibly survive?
If that sounds like a plot that’s been done, don’t worry. The originality of Neil Simon’s early play is captured in the characters. They’re eccentric but believable. Lines zing back and forth with a wit we rarely see on stage, and the looks, gestures and occasional slapstick antics round out a presentation that’s both heartwarming and hilarious. Perhaps that’s why it ran successfully on Broadway for so many years.
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And the Springer cast, including the supporting roles, is certainly Broadway ready. They make it all so convincing. I didn’t feel I was suspending disbelief. I’m certain Lena Thomas is as merrily impractical as the play’s pretty heroine. And I’ll always see Jon Hayden, who plays Victor Velasco, as an intriguing oddball. The same goes for the rest of the cast.
Whether you’ve ever been in a relationship or known someone who has, you’ll be right at home in this clever comedy that, though written 50 years ago, still plays out in homes today. It’s a classic that mustn’t be missed.
It’s rated PG. There’s some mild suggestiveness not for younger children.
The laughter starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Springer’s Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $15 for students, $23 for public service professionals, including military and teachers, $30 for seniors and $35 for general admission.
To reach the box office, open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and two hours before showtime, call 706-327-3688.
To order tickets online or for more information on the current season, which continues with The Honky Tonk Angels in November, visit www.springeroperahouse.org.