Looking to break up the mundane
Theater Valley Rep upcoming play a comedy, playing on polar opposite newlyweds life
To match the sunny skies of spring, the latest Valley Repertory Theatre play is a comedy. And a witty one at that.
Its kind of a one liner play, said director Stephen Pick. (In Barefoot in the Park) theres a young couple, newlyweds, just getting back to their apartment from a weeklong honeymoon, ready to start life.
But the characters, Corie and Paul, couldnt be more different.
Youve got Corie, whos very whimsical and just loves life, then Paul whos a lawyer, very rigid, very logical and practical, Pick said.
The play takes place during the first few days of their marriage, in their crummy New York apartment.
Its very funny, every third line is a joke, he said. Written by Neil Simon, he said thats one of the reasons he selected the play for VRT. Ive wanted to direct this play for a long time. Its one thats pretty familiar to a lot of theater goers it was made into a movie with Robert Redford we knew it would be really well received in the community. Plus its just super fun to work on.
Produced originally in the 1970s, Pick said the play will be a step back in time.
Weve got the hair, weve got the costumes and everything thats fun from that time, he said.
Perhaps one of his favorite bits involves getting to the apartment itself.
One of the fun things about the play is its really just a crummy apartment and everyone sees that except Corrie. She thinks its charming, full of color, but everything is breaking and its also six flights up, Pick said. So everyone who comes to visit her comes in breathing heavy. Its a fun shtick as well.
The play opens May 8 and Pick said its perfect for anyone looking for a lighthearted, entertaining evening.
We definitely chose this for spring specifically because its just more of a happy time, he said. People are ready to laugh a bit and get away from winter. Its a great way to do that and break up the mundane.
For more information, visit www.valleyrep.org.