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Laurie McMurray as Olive and Margot Olivieri as Florence rehearse for The Odd Couple (female version).

Curtain rises on female version of The Odd Couple

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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