The Odd Couple 2011

Written by Neil Simon The Odd

Directed by Rob Whitehead

Performance Dates: 8pm June 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 &
July 1, 2, 8 & 9.
2pm June 26 & July 3.

Doors & licensed bar open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets: Adult $18, Concession $16, Members/Children $14.

Bookings: Swan Valley Visitor Centre – (08) 9379 9400

Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’ is well-known as a stage play and television series, the plot of which concerns two mis-matched roommates, one neat and uptight, the other more easy going and slovenly.

In 1985, Neil Simon revised ‘The Odd Couple’ for a female cast. It was titled ‘The Female Odd Couple’ and was based on the same storyline and same lead characters, now called Florence Ungar and Olive Madison. The poker game became Trivial Pursuit and the Pigeon sisters became the Costazuela brothers, Manolo and Jesus.

Florence Ungar, a neurotic, neat-freak newswriter, is thrown out by her husband and moves in with her friend Olive Madison, a television news producer.

This classic comedy opens as a group of girls assemble for their regular Trivial Pursuit night in the apartment of divorced Olive Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that her husband left her! Late to arrive is Florence Ungar, who has just been seperated from her husband. Fastidious, depressed and all too tense, Florence seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Olive becomes the one with murder on her mind as the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results and ‘The Odd Couple’ is born.

Neil Simon’s sharp wit exposes true friendship as far more than skin-deep and the lengths people will go to to try and maintain a comfortable balance ignoring our many flaws, which makes this play still relevant in today’s increasingly fast-paced, ego-centric world.