The Odd Couple” Auditions March 13–14

From Artis­tic Direc­tor Jim Coleman

The Odd Cou­ple, by Neil Simon, is a com­edy clas­sic that has stood the test of time. Most peo­ple know it from the very pop­u­lar TV series, which starred Tony Ran­dall and Jack Klug­man, and the hit film that starred Wal­ter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. It actu­ally began its life as a Broad­way smash in 1965, star­ring Wal­ter Matthau and Art Car­ney.  It has been trans­lated into 15 lan­guages and has had pro­duc­tions in at least that many countries.

The Odd Cou­ple is the story of two friends, Oscar and Felix, one sloppy and the other fas­tid­i­ous. Oscar Madi­son and his friends get together at his upper West Side apart­ment once a week for poker. Dur­ing one of the games, Felix Ungar lets the guys know that he and his wife are sep­a­rated, and being a lit­tle over­wrought and neu­rotic, he does not know what he is going to do.  Oscar, being a good friend, asks Felix to move in with him and share his apart­ment. That was his first mistake.

How­ever, if Oscar hadn’t made that mis­take, we would not have had the oppor­tu­nity to spend time with these guys in this very funny play. They are polar oppo­sites, and that is what pro­vides the fun. The play is really about friend­ships, and the lim­its to which we can push those friend­ships. In 1985, Neil Simon wrote a female ver­sion, and it was mod­er­ately suc­cess­ful, but there seems to be some­thing fun­nier about two men in the same sit­u­a­tion.  There are two won­der­ful parts for women in this show — the Pid­geon Sisters.

Audi­tions for SCT’s pro­duc­tion of The Odd Cou­ple are being held on March 13–14, 6:30 p.m. at SCT. Jaye Vocque is mak­ing his SCT direc­to­r­ial debut with this play. A three minute comic mono­logue is required for audi­tions. You can find details on the web­site. See you there!

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