The Odd Couples
(Female and Male versions in repertory)
by Neil Simon
Mail Version

Female Version
Directed by
Gloria Dennison (Male version)
G. Scott Morris (Female version)
Male versions:
    June 10 and 12 at 8:00 pm
    June 13 at 2:00 pm
    June 18 and 20 at 8:00 pm
    June 19 at 2:00 pm
Female versions:
    June 11 and 13 at 8:00 pm
    June 12 at 2:00 pm
    June 17 and 19 at 8:00 pm
    June 20 at 2:00 pm
Cast Members for Female Version Crew Members
  ..... Dana Allen Director (male version) ..... Gloria Dennison
  ..... Barb Kolb Director (female version) ..... G. Scott Morris
  ..... Kim Lamansky Stage Manager ..... Name
  ..... Andee Larson Set Design ..... Name
  ..... Danielle Loughran Lighting Design ..... Name
  ..... Lawrence Nepodahl Costumes ..... Name
  ..... Taylor Romme Property Master ..... Name
  ..... Amy Whelan Light Board Operator ..... Name
           
Cast Members for Male Version      
  ..... Tim Ball      
  ..... Jill Bartels      
  ..... David Booth      
  ..... Katherine Gannon      
  ..... Norm Read      
  ..... Brett Truckenbrod      
  ..... Gavin Wilson      
  ..... Denny Vaupel      

Originally conceived by Neil Simon, who based the play on his brother Danny's true-life experience, who was divorced and was rooming with a divorced friend, to cut expenses and save for alimony. The roommates began to get on each other's nerves, and Neil told his brother, also a comedy writer, that the premise would make a great play. Danny started to write one, but later gave up and suggested that Neil write it instead. The Odd Couple concept is best described in the one-sentence treatment: "Two men--one divorced and one estranged and neither quite sure why their marriages fell apart--move in together to save money for alimony and suddenly discover they're having the same conflicts and fights they had in their marriages."

A remake of Neil Simon's long-running Broadway comedy, The Odd Couple centers around two divorced woman who live together, but can't stand each other's habits. Simon himself updated the script in the mid '80s to an all female version.

Neil Simon's famous update of his contemporary classic starts with a group of women friends playing their regular game of Trivial Pursuit. This week, the coterie is meeting at the apartment of Olive Madison, a divorcee who freely admits to being a slob: "I leave a mess when I read a book." Late to arrive is Florence Unger, a stickler for detail who would try the patience of a saint, and who has unfortunately just become separated from her husband. As life would have it, the slob and the fuss-budget decide to room together -- with hilarious results!

Within days, Florence's obsessive habits start taking their toll on Olive and their friends. The only remedy Olive can think of (a pair of brothers from Barcelona) disastrously backfires, and the two women are forced to agree on one thing -- even the best of friends sometimes make the worst of roommates.