Theater: Merry, Merry

Barefoot in the Park, by Neil Simon.

If the theater housing this comedy has , empty seat for the next couple of ears, it will simply mean that someone has fallen out of it. Barefoot is deto-natingly funny.

The odd thing about Broadway's first mash-hit play this season is that it could have been a flop. The plot and one of the sight gags are middle-of-the-rut, but the comedy never bogs down because it keeps taking fresh and fanciful detours. Mike Nichols' direction and Neil Simon's quip hand are faster than the most jaded playgoer's recollective eye.

Corie (Elizabeth Ashley) and Paul (Robert Redford)...

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