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Barefoot in the Park | [Neil Simon]

Barefoot in the Park

A brand new lawyer and his young bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into their new high-rent apartment. In order to reach this "charming" dwelling, they must first climb six creaking flights of stairs. Once there, they find the place is absolutely bare of furniture, the paint job is all wrong, the skylight leaks, there is room for only one twin bed, and the wacky neighbors pop up at the worst times.
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Publisher's Summary

A brand new lawyer and his young bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into their new high-rent apartment. In order to reach this "charming" dwelling, they must first climb six creaking flights of stairs. Once there, they find the place is absolutely bare of furniture, the paint job is all wrong, the skylight leaks, there is room for only one twin bed, and the wacky neighbors pop up at the worst times.

(P)2001 L.A. Theatre Works

What the Critics Say

"An energetic, pleasing performance." (AudioFile)

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    Allyvp 11-24-07
    Allyvp 11-24-07
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    "As much fun as the movie"

    This was as much fun as the movie. My favorite version was always Richard Thomas and Bess Armstrong on stage, but this rivals even that.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marilee Stanstead, QC, Canada 03-15-12
    Marilee Stanstead, QC, Canada 03-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderfully performed!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this performance. The characters are quirky and the performance factor with sound effects and awesome acting made this performance a step above.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Maria NSW, Australia 10-20-12
    Maria NSW, Australia 10-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Neil Simon"

    Likeable characters are portrayed with humour and skill by the actors in this production.
    I particularly liked the character of Cora Bratter's mother.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Memphis 06-19-15
    Amy Memphis 06-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Have always loved the movie!"

    I always loved this movie and now I can take it with me everywhere! Neil Simon always makes me laugh out loud with his writing and the cast was perfect for this!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 09-01-15
    AudioAddict 09-01-15

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Short, cute comedy. Great performance."

    STORY (comedy) - I didn't see the movie, but I know it was a big hit for Neil Simon. It's the story of newlyweds (Paul and Cory, his dingy wife) who are faced with multiple shortcomings in their first apartment as well as visits from zany neighbors and the mother-in-law. Things get so crazy that they actually consider divorce after only six days of marriage!

    PERFORMANCE - I suppose this is the recording of a live play, as it has multiple voices and live applause. Excellent portrayals of crazy characters in crazier situations.

    OVERALL - Recommended for anyone looking for a short, light break between longer books. I don't think it's worth the normal price and definitely not worth a credit, but it's worth a shot if you can catch it on the Daily Deal like I did. No cursing or sex, though there are some mildly suggestive conversations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 08-20-15
    Leah 08-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun, quick listen"

    Well performed, humorous play. Nice for those times when you want something to listen to in one sitting. They kept it in the original time period, making it fun to reminisce about things like getting to phone line installed. A funny scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 08-18-15
    Victoria 08-18-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Story and acting style dated"

    Story is dated. Set in 60's, it seems even my and friends' early marriages in 80's was more informed and less child-like. The acting style too is that weird rapid-fire delivery that seems fake now. Did we really not notice how artificial it sounded or did we really talk like that?
    Still it is a frothy lark and enjoyable if one looks at it as history.

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    Amazon Customer 08-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "classic from family of classics"

    loved Neil Simon plays as a child and they just get better each time I hear them

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    Vickie 08-06-15
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"

    It was short and I didn't know about it at first. Then I began to laugh out loud. Very funny.

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    Sandra 07-28-15
    Sandra 07-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "Newsflash, Neil Simon is awesome"

    What an awesomely funny and quirky work!!! I'd forgotten how much I loved Simon... The radio production style w/ the fx turned it into an incredibly entertaining couple of hours... It's short, so don't know if I'd pay full freight for a short work, but it was definitely worth the daily deal price...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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