‘The Odd Couple’ performed at BSA
Bellevue Society for the Arts presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy, The Odd Couple, Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 22 and 23, March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St..
The Odd Couple is sponsored by Mel and Jeanie Miller and Family. Tickets are $10 for adults 18+, $8 for adults 60+, and $6 for students K–12. It is appropriate for all audiences. Call 419–484-ARTS (2787) for reservations.
Felix Ungar (Bob Ammanniti, Bellevue), a neurotic, neat freak newswriter, is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison (Adam Cox, Wakeman), a messy sportswriter. Despite Oscar’s problems — careless spending, excessive gambling, a poorly-kept house filled with spoiled food — he seems to enjoy life. Felix, however, seems utterly incapable of enjoying anything and only finds purpose in pointing out his own and other people’s mistakes and foibles. Even when he tries to do so in a gentle and constructive way, his corrections and suggestions prove extremely annoying to those around him. Oscar, his closest friend, feels compelled to throw him out after only a brief time together, though he quickly realizes that Felix has had a positive effect on him.
Rounding out the cast are Stan Niedbalski, Bellevue, as Murray, an NYPD policeman and one of Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies; Brett Minor, Bowling Green, as poker buddy Speed; Andy Geiger, Clyde, as mild-mannered, hen-pecked poker buddy Vinnie; and Tyler Slessman, Plymouth, as poker buddy Roy.
Also featured are Mara Mossman, Norwalk, and Jennifer Gilbert, Clyde, as British sisters Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon, Oscar and Felix’s upstairs neighbors.
The Odd Couple opened on Broadway in 1965 with Art Carney and Walter Matthau in the title roles; became a movie in 1968 starring Jack Lemmon and Mr. Matthau; and ran five seasons as a television sitcom, with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.
The Odd Couple is directed by Monica Siesel, Bellevue, and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.