WESTERLY — Judy George will direct Neil Simon’s romantic comedy “Barefoot in the Park,” which opens Friday at the Granite Theatre.

Described as a rib-tickling comedy, “Barefoot in the Park” was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1964 and starred Robert Redford as Paul and Elizabeth Ashley as Corie. Simon’s longest-running hit, and the tenth-longest running non-musical play in Broadway history, was directed by Mike Nichols, who won the Tony Award for Best Director.

The show at the Granite Theatre features John Cillino, Chelsea Mitchell, Geoff Blanchette, Mari Enrique, Warren Usey and James Mockler.

The story centers around Paul (playe by veteran actor John Cilino) and Corie Bratter (Chelsea Mitchel), who 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.

Their new apartment, her most recent find, is too expensive, has bad plumbing and is in need of a paint job. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s mother (Mari Enrique) and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…

“Barefoot in the Park” opens June 28 at the Granite Theatre, 1 Granite St. in Westerly. Performances are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. through July 21. There will be no performance on July 4.

Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors 62 and older and $12 for children 12 and under. For reservations, directions or other information, call the box office at 401-596-2341 or online at granitetheatre.com.

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