NOOSA ARTS THEATRE
The Odd Couple
By Neil Simon
Directed by Mary-Ann Vale
By Special Arrangement with Dominie Pty Ltd
The Odd Couple opens at Noosa Arts Theatre on Thursday 15 February for a two week season. Tickets go on sale on Saturday 13 January.
The Odd Couple is a brilliantly funny play that ran for 966 performances on Broadway in 1965 and won 4 Tony awards including Best Play.
The plot concerns two mismatched room-mates, one uptight and the other slovenly. Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat-freak news writer, is thrown out by his wife and moves in with Oscar Madison, a sloppy sportswriter. Divorce has thrown both off balance. As close friends they support each other but ironically they quickly discover that the same traits that infuriated their ex-spouses also annoy each other.
The Odd Couple was made into a highly successful movie in 1968 and featured Walter Matthau as Oscar and Jack Lemmon as Felix. In 1998 they resurrected their roles for The Odd Couple II.
The original play is as relevant as it was in 1965 with a 2005 revival sold out on Broadway. The dialogue is fresh, funny and very clever in the way it mirrors the domestic arguments and irritations about trivial things that happen between people living together. If you only know it from the movie, you just have a glimpse of one of Broadway's busiest and breeziest comedies.
Neil Simon is the world's most successful modern playwright. He has been showered with more Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer. Neil Simon is also the master of the one-liner and they abound in The Odd Couple.
Talented Director, Mary-Ann Vale, has assembled a strong cast with Frank Wilkie, Kathryn McTaggart and Des Coroy who all performed so superbly in the highly successful Take A Chance on Me in December. Jennifer Rousset of Sally Bowles fame in Cabaret and Matt Warren, a Performer of the Year in 2003 along with Peter Reynolds, Stephen Hamacek and Matt Dunstan complete this impressive line up of talent.
Performances are on 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 February at 7.30pm with a matinee on Sunday 18 February at 2.00pm. Tickets are $25 with concessions and group bookings at $20. First Night tickets are $30 with no concessions and include supper and drinks. For bookings, phone 5449 9343 or go to Noosa Arts Theatre on Saturday mornings from 9.00am to noon.