Curtain rises on female version of The Odd Couple
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Apr 09, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Curtain rises on female version of The Odd Couple

Ancaster News

Ancaster Community Theatre’s production of The Odd Couple  (female version), co-directed by Laurie McMurray and Jerry Dell, hits the boards April 24-26 and May 1-3 at St. John’s Parish Hall.

The play stays faithful to Neil Simon’s rewrite, with Oscar Madison, professional sports writer and inveterate slob transformed into Olivia Madison, prime-time TV producer. Felix Unger, the tortured, neurotic neatnik, is Florence Unger, a fingernail scraping the chalkboard of life and a neat-freak.

With the implosion of Florence’s perfect marriage, Olivia — with a bedroom to spare and all the misguided optimism of a Kardashian pre-nupr —takes Florence in .

According to Norman Brown, who portrays one of the Costazuela brothers in the play, said the female version of The Odd Couple works.

“I’m a purist,” he said. “I’ve never liked sequels, prequels, or Shakespearian tragedies transposed to gritty, litter-strewn, inner-city alleyways.  While the dynamics of the female version are different, the dialogue is crisp, the jokes are free flowing and the insights into human nature are pure Neil Simon. ”

Brown added newcomer Margot Olivieri as Florence and Laurie McMurray as Olive are delightfully dysfunctional and the Costazuela brothers from Barthelona are smoking hot.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. Coffee/tea and a piece of Carluke Orchard pie at intermission costs $18 per person. Tickets can be  ordered by calling the box office at 905-648 0335.

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