Tuesday, April 22, 2008

In the Wings: The Odd Couple. Meet Oscar and Felix.

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon tells the story of best friends Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar who move in together when Felix’s wife asks for a divorce. The two men are polar opposites, with slovenly, irresponsible, inconsiderate Oscar and ultra-tidy, obsessive, fragile Felix almost driving one another crazy with their habits.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette veterans Mark Allen Carter and Allen Banning portray the characters. Mark directed the 2007-2008 season’s opening production, Steel Magnolias, while Allen was last seen on stage — opposite of Mark — in Lend Me a Tenor.

“Oscar Madison is a role that I have wanted to play since I was 22 years old. Everything in the production is going very, very well. It’s been fun working with everyone,” Mark said.

Allen agreed that rehearsals are going well, complimenting his fellow cast members. He explained the attraction of being in The Odd Couple and playing Felix.

“I love comedies because of the great reactions from the audience. It’s great to play Felix because our personalities are so different: He’s neurotic, anal-retentive and emotionally unstable,” he said.

The Odd Couple opens Friday, May 9, and runs three weekends: May 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25. For more information about the production or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529).

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