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Those Were The Pre-Hashtag Good Old Days

Theater: ‘Barefoot In the Park’
Rex Smith and Susan Cella in “Barefoot In the Park” Photo by Tom Swetz

Sharon Playhouse has entered a time warp with its second main production of the summer, “Barefoot in the Park.” Neil Simon’s smash comedy from 1963 has not aged well. Yes, the wisecracks and one-liners are still there; the dialogue that can often crackle if delivered like handballs, fast and hard; the once amusing situations long past their sell date. But in the time of #MeToo, of independent women rising everywhere like glorious spring flowers, the play recalls a time when a woman’s role was  defined in the pages of Good Housekeeping.

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