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The Odd Couple
a Comedy
by Neil Simon

COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 4617

SHOWING : July 11, 2014 - August 03, 2014



This Tony Award winning classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results.

Director Shelly McCook
Vinnie Jim Dailey
Murray George Deavours
Felix Unger Robert Egizio
Speed Rial Ellsworth
Oscar Madison Alan Kilpatrick
Gwendolyn Pigeon Mary Emily O'Bradovich
Roy Topher Payne
Cecily Pigeon Kathleen Seconder
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The Odd Couple and the Mod Couple
by playgoer
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Neil Simon’s "The Odd Couple" is a raucous, well-loved comedy that depends on the chemistry of its two leading men - fussbudget Felix Unger and slob Oscar Madison. Four poker-playing cohorts and two English swinging 60’s "birds" can liven up the proceedings considerably. In Stage Door Players’ production, directed by Shelly McCook, all elements combine to create a satisfying comedy.

The two leads, Alan Kilpatrick and Robert Egizio, aren’t typecast in the least. Both actors are put-together individuals who play any role with energy and style. I could easily see either of them in either role. Mr. Kilpatrick portrays an Oscar who has sloppy habits, but is personally fairly well groomed (as indicated by his frequently removing his ball cap to smooth back his tidy head of hair). Mr. Egizio portrays a Felix who may have been battered by life, but has not totally given up on it. His portrayal lacks a poignant edge, but fully makes up for it with splendid comic bits.

The four poker-playing buddies seem to fall into two camps: Murray the policeman (George Deavours) and Speed the cigar smoker (Rial Ellsworth) fall into the slob camp, and Roy the accountant (Topher Payne) and Vinnie the married (Jim Dailey) fall into the neatnik camp. As seems to be the case throughout this production, it’s the slobs who have and create the most fun. All the poker players acquit themselves well, though.

Add in the mod couple of Gwendolyn and Cecily Pigeon (Mary Emily O’Bradovich and Kathleen Seconder), and you have a better balance, since they gravitate strongly to Felix. Both give wonderful performances, enhanced by the wigs of Mr. Deavours and the costumes of Liz Whittemore.

Chuck Welcome’s set design is pretty much his standard fare of an extremely well-constructed room with interesting details throughout. Rachel Hamilton’s props add to the interest, and John David Williams’ lighting scheme makes sure all the actors are well-illuminated. Rial Ellsworth’s sound design impresses too, with a nice muffled phone effect at the start and appropriate scene-setting music during scene shifts.

Stage Door Players always puts on professional productions and seems to score most consistently with comedies like this. Shelly McCook has taken a handful of first-rate actors, many of whom have strong roots in community theatre, and crafted a sweetly entertaining romp that audiences are eating up. Neil Simon’s writing helps to create this above-par show, but it’s the details the director and actors have added that really make the difference. It’s "The Odd Couple" the way it should be done. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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