Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Steffanie Vaughan
Stage Manager: Melissa Peller
Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He's a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she's a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. After a six day honeymoon, they begin married life in their new apartment -- a tiny, 5th-floor walk-up in a Manhattan brownstone, too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. While Paul tries to prove himself in the courtroom, Corie proceeds to set up their new place in her own quirky style. As the young couple contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, and several long flights of stairs, they begin to realize they must also reconcile their own personal differences in how they approach life's challenges.
In the midst of it all, they encounter their oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, a quirky bohemian who lives in the attic. They also get a surprise visit from Corie's well-meaning mother, Mrs. Ethel Banks. Corie decides to play matchmaker at a dinner that takes the four of them on a wild adventure all over New York City, during which everything that can go wrong, does. The buttoned-down Paul and fun-loving Corie always knew they had their differences, but after the strange night out and the events that follow, they begin to wonder if maybe they are just too different for one another. Paul just doesn't understand Corie, and Corie thinks Paul is too staid, too boring, and just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running "barefoot in the park" would be a start...
The honeymoon might be over, but these two young adults (and the older folks too) still have plenty to learn about themselves, and the realities and compromises that come with being in a relationship.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Corie Bratter - A wild and carefree young newlywed, busily trying to set up and decorate the new home she shares with her husband, Paul.
Paul Bratter - Corie's husband, a young, straight-laced lawyer with a dry wit who likes to stay in his comfort zone.
Mrs. Ethel Banks - Corie's mother, a cautious and anxious woman who is willing to endure anything for her daughter.
Victor Velasco - The Bratters' lively and eccentric upstairs neighbor, who sleeps on a rug instead of a bed and enjoys some pretty bizarre culinary concoctions.
Telephone Repair Man - A good-humored man who makes observations on everyday life and relationships as he installs and fixes telephones.
Delivery Man - An older man who brings wedding gifts from Lord & Taylor, and is so exhausted by all the stairs to the apartment that he is unable to speak.