Monday, April 21, 2008

In The Wings: The Odd Couple. Meet the director and assistant director.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of The Odd Couple by Neil Simon opens Friday, May 9, and runs three consecutive weekends: May 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25. The classic comedy tells the story of best friends Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, who move in together when Felix’s wife asks for a divorce. For more information about the play or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit

Director Camilla A. Cripps, a veteran of several productions with Chancel Players, says rehearsals are going very well, especially as the eight actors — six men and two women — work on their characters.

“The characters are evolving from dialogue written on the page into flesh-and-blood beings,” Camilla said.

Camilla explained what drew her to The Odd Couple.

“I was the first female in three generations born into a family of filled with men. I can relate to each man — both the characters and the actors — in The Odd Couple. Being involved with this show is like being home in Michigan with my Polish/Scottish-Canadian relatives,” she said.

Assistant Director Rod Dimmick, most recently seen on stage as Reverend Parris in Civic’s production of The Crucible — was brought onto the production team by Camilla.

“I’m enjoying rehearsing The Odd Couple because it is very, very funny and Camilla has put together a very, very good cast,” Rod said.

The rest of this week will feature articles about the cast and characters, beginning with Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, played by Mark Allen Carter and Allen Banning.

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