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.