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!