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Women take on The Odd Couple
Grouchy and combative, Neil Simon’s classic comedy characters Oscar and Felix were immortalised in the film version of The Odd Couple starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. After the success of the original hit, Neil reworked the piece for two female characters, Olive and Florence.
Celebrating its 203rd production with a fitting tale of two old souls, The Centralian Players present The Odd Couple (Female Version) at Henderson Hall this month.
In the female version, the weekly get-together with the guys playing poker has morphed into the gals playing Trivial Pursuit, and the objects of desire have changed from English sisters to Spanish brothers. Other than that, the formula remains the same.
The story unfolds as the easy-going, recently divorced Olive invites the compulsively tidy, and recently dumped, Florence to move in with her, despite the advice of her friends.
Needless to say, sloppy v house-proud simply does not mix, and Olive’s happy-go-lucky lifestyle is soon under threat from Florence’s highly strung neurotics, testing their friendship to the limits.
Director John Ahern is relishing the chance to let loose these two female firebrands.
“The Odd Couple is a timeless classic, which is equally, if not more, hilarious with two female friends as the main characters. Everyone has a good friend who they love to be with but who they’d hate to live with. This play takes on that situation and entertains from start to finish.“
The play is at Henderson Hall, High Street, Abbots Langley from May 24-26 at 7,45pm. Details: 01923 227392, www.thecentralians.co.uk
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