THE STAGE CLUB
The Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
Directed by Nick Perry
The Odd Couple was a hit 1965 Broadway play by Neil Simon, followed by a successful film and television series, as well as other derivative works and spin offs, many featuring one or more of the same actors. The plot concerns two mismatched room-mates, one uptight and the other slovenly.
Last performed by The Stageclub in March 2002.
The Stageclub presents the ‘Female Version’:
Some plays age horribly fast, some endure the test of time. Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version) is definitely in the latter category. It is timeless because it deals with issues we all understand and experience on a daily basis. The original Odd Couple spawned a hit movie and a television series and ultimately this sexually-inverted stage spin-off to great critical acclaim.
The play is set around the tense but hilarious live-in relationship between Olive, the unapologetic, messy slob, and Florence her neurotic, domestic, perfectionist friend. Add in the weekly gathering of their game-playing friends and the chaotic English of a couple of charming Spanish brothers, for whom Olive has the hots, and the stage is set for a night of unforgettable entertainment.
Neil Simon is, unquestionably, America’s greatest comic playwright not simply because he knows how to write a gag, but because he understands how funny human beings can be. With an experienced cast headed by Mini Elliot (Black Comedy, Little Women) as Olive and Nicola Perry (Rumours, Hedda Gabler, Arcadia) as Florence and directed by Nick Perry (Black Comedy, Out of Order, Rumours, Alarms and Excursions and Arcadia), you won’t laugh more this year.