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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre stages 'Barefoot in the Park'

January 15, 2016
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Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Barefoot in the Park
The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre is performing "Barefoot in the Park" from Jan. 15-31. Photo via

While you might not want to go running barefoot through the park any time soon, you can enjoy watching a couple of newlyweds do it on the Civic Theatre stage this month.

The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will present American playwright Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” today through Jan. 31.

“Barefoot in the Park” received a 1964 Tony Best Play nomination and was later adapted by Simon into a screenplay. The 1967 film starred Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

Show times can be found online.

Play description

The Civic Theatre provided the following synopsis of the play:

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 searching for the newest trend.

After a six-day honeymoon, the couple returns to life in their overpriced and under-performing New York brownstone and a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother.

From there, everything that can go wrong does. Paul doesn’t understand how Corie embraces life as a series of exciting quests. Corie, noticing how uptight Paul is becoming, wants him to be more spontaneous, running barefoot in the parkwould be a great start.

Guest director

The Civic Theatre has invited guest director Kirk Wahamki, who's artistic director for the Muskegon Civic Theatre, to bring this American theatre classic to life.

He last directed at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for the revival of “The Foreigner.”


Tickets for “Barefoot in the Park” range from $16-$28.

They can be purchased by calling 616-222-6650 or online.

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