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‘Odd Couple’ for the Masque

Many people will remember the performances of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon as the unforgettable mismatched roommates, Oscar and Felix, in Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy ‘The Odd Couple’.

In 1985 Simon responded to the continued popularity of his odd pair by writing the female version. Not Oscar but Olive, not Felix but Florence are the wildly incompatible pair. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Olive has invited the girls over for their weekly session of Trivial Pursuit. What with Florence’s angst and neuroses, and Olive’s irritating sloppiness, this is one very funny play.

Comprising a cast of eight, this Claremont Dramatic Society presentation is directed by Sheldon Cross – a drama graduate of both Stellenbosch and Cape Town Universities.

‘The Odd Couple’ (female version) by Neil Simon opens at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, on Friday 20 July and runs until Saturday 28 July.  Weeknights are at 8pm and Saturdays are at 2.30 and 6.30pm.  Tickets are R55 for Thursday evening and matinees and R65 for other evenings (Masque Theatre Club Members enjoy a R10 discount). Book through Masque Theatre Bookings on 021 788 1898 or email bookings@masquetheatre.co.za.

Liz Roodt, Su Cunningham and Jenny Brandt in "The Odd Couple" at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg

Liz Roodt, Su Cunningham and Jenny Brandt in “The Odd Couple”