Everything’s set for the regular poker game at Oscar’s place, but where’s Felix? He’s never late. A call to his wife reveals that she and Felix have split up and he’s taken it pretty hard. When he finally arrives, in shock, distraught, with thoughts to end it all, Oscar makes a proposal. Why not move in here with him? Think about it – two bachelors living together, fancy free, no wives getting on their nerves. It’ll be paradise!
Neil Simon’s classic comedy about divorced men living together might be, perversely, the world’s funniest play about marriage. Has there ever been such a mismatch than this between the curmudgeonly slob Oscar Madison and the pernickety neatnik Felix Ungar? Can a seven-room Manhattan apartment ever be big enough for both of them?
Countless revivals, three TV series and a hit film testify to the sure-fire hilarity ofThe Odd Couple. All a production needs are two character actors at the top of their form, such asMad as Hell’sShaun Micallef andFrancis Greenslade and a specialist comedy director, such asPeter Houghton (True Minds), to make sure these famous one-liners hit their marks.