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The Odd Couple
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Neil Simon

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 937

SHOWING : May 14, 2004 - June 19, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Poker buddies, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison suddenly find themselves batchelors again and inocently decide to share an apartment. In this classic comedy by America's prolific and successful praywrite, these two legendarily missmatched roomates bring down the house when they try to live together in one 8-room New York City apartment.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Ned Thurman
Stage Manager Judy Zuber
Speed Chris Arapoglou
Roy Larry Fairall
taylor R.P. Foster
Vinnie Jerry Harlow
Cast Wally Hinds
Felix Unger Brink Miller
Oscar Madison Brad Zuber
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REVIEWS

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A Biased Review
by GaTallOne
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
NR
I had the pleasure of seeing The Odd couple last Saturday night. In reading the reviews posted on this site I thought I would add my voice to them. They are by and large all correct. Is it eh best production I have seen at Kudzu? No. Was it awful? No not at all judging by the large house that was there on Saturday, they were laughing their heads of. They were a large group that had not been to Kudzu before. They had a wonderful time and to a certain extent, that has a very large bearing on the show.

Several people have made comments to the production values of the show and they are valid. And to Paul, no they are not picky. I had a good time I enjoyed the show and thought that the cast did a good job. Would I recommend you go to see it, yes it is good entertainment.
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Geez, make up your mind RP by Amigo Egizio
Yo RP, you post two reviews under two monikers that at once complement and contrast with each other. RP, this has been bugging me for months. For once, stand up and stand up and be a real man. Tell us who the real RP is. Is it GaTallOne, or is it Paul?
I know what you mean Robert . . . by cathead67
How many monikers does this guy have? You can add BlastfromPast as well. A little multiple personality issue?
WELl.. i loved odd couple by WHAT2THINK
I really loved the show!Everything about it as funny! I wish i could see it again but it isnt playing :(
Realy about a 2.75
by Paul
Sunday, June 13, 2004
2.0
What can I say, my first disappointment. I hasten to say that it is not a bad show, it is just not as good as other productions I have seen at Kudzu.

I love Mr. Miller and have seen him several productions and have more than enjoyed his performances. I was disappointed this time. First he is a little long in the tooth to be playing Felix. Felix is a middle-aged man facing a middle age crisis. Mr. Miler has to be near sixty or older. He never quite gives us the neurotic edginess of Felix. He remains too much in control of himself. He never quite lets go. This has made other characters he has portrayed great, but is wrong for Felix

Mr. Zuber’s Oscar almost makes it. I cannot put my finger on it but there is something missing in his performance. For one thing his voice tends to grate on ones nerves. It get very high pitched and nasal. Qualities that should be found in Felix. Not Oscar.

As to the card players the are for the most part very good. Speed is perfect. His accent and character are just right/ The accountant is good nice touch with the fan, Murray the cop is great. Good comedic timing. Vinny is the only weak point. I get the feeling I was watching a bad Curly impression. His character was not realistic; I got the feeling I was watching a “performance”.

A major disappointment for me were the Pigeon Sisters. They lacked energy and vibrancy. They were nothing special. Their costumes were appropriate but stood out against everything else that was not 1960’s

As to production values the set was fine. The props and costumes were not right if they were doing a period piece. The can of air freshener was very modern. If I am not correct Lysol is still sold in the same can they did in the 1960’s. Felix’s costumes where too modern and much to colorful. Felix is a white shirt sort of guy. The striped shirt where from the 1990’s
Oscar was ok until he dropped trousers and had on a very modern pair of boxers.

I know this is very picky, but having seen other productions at this venue a was disappointed at such an average production
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A fun night...
by JasonMeinhardt
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
NR
Again, I am putting NR since I do not wish to offend the "bias police" of Atlanta. Let me say, first off, that the Odd Couple is one of my favorite Neil Simon plays and Neil Simon is one of my favorites, as well. Also, most of the actors in this show, I have worked with on many occasions and if I haven't been onstage with them, I have known them for quite a while. I thought Ned Thurman (who played Oscar when I did the show), did a wonderful job setting up the scenes, the blocking was done well, and overall did a great job directing this show. The actors (Brink Miller, Brad Zuber, Chris Arapoglou, Wally Hinds, and I would mention the rest, but I don't have a program in front of me and do not know everyone else personally) did a great job. I believe most of this cast, reading their bios, don't have a TON of experience, but based on performances, it would be hard to tell. Save for a few line blunders (which can be attributed to opening night jitters), the show was very entertaining and I enjoyed my evening.

My only major issue with this particular production is, the play is supposed to take place in the 60's. I have seen it done (the production Ned, Brink, and I did), where it was done in present day and with a few little line alterations (the money value, etc), it worked fine. The problem I had was, until the girls came out in the second act, I had no clue that this was in the past and the problem was, it looked like the Pigeon sisters were going to a Halloween party. The costumes were way too modern and the other problem I had was props. Again, 1960's and yet when Oscar opened the Wall Street Journal, there was a beautiful full page color ad for the new Nissan Z. The large bag of chips were Kroger brand and to my knowledge and experience in NY, I never came across a Kroger. These are all little things, but nonetheless, very distracting to a show that is performed well and directed well.

I love every single person at Kudzu like family and I do not intend to insult or hurt but only to point out things that can easily be fixed and make it a spectacular show. Kudos to all the actors in this show and to Ned, whom I didn't know directed, but was proven that he can and can do it well. If you will take a "biased" opinion, then go see this show for the laughs and a good time. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Good Job
by andy
Monday, May 17, 2004
4.0
I gave this show a 4 because I think it is a pretty good production. I went to see it opening night, although there were some line messups, and I know this is a prop heavy show, the blackouts were a little long. However, the cast did a great job. Brink Miller was once again great playing Felix, and Brad Zuber did a wonderful job stepping in as Oscar. The rest of the cast were great too, there were a few newcomers to Kudzu that I thought were really funny, I must say that my favorite poker buddy was "Speed" played by Chris Arapogolou. I have seen his son Nick act before, and I must say the talent must run in the family. I never thought I would see Brad in his boxers! I also enjoyed the many different facial expressions given by Wally Hinds during the performance. Being an actress myself, I have to say that it is very sad that I have Never seen a production of "The Odd Couple" before, even the movie :( so I really don't have anything to compare this production to, but I will say that I had an enjoyable evening, despite getting a wisdom tooth removed that afternoon. To Brad and Brink: you are forgiven for missing our day due to closing night! :) GO see this show everyone! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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