Thursday, April 24, 2008

In the Wings: The Odd Couple. Meet Speed, Roy, Vinnie and Murray.

In The Odd Couple, Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar play a weekly poker game with their friends Speed, Roy, Vinnie and Murray. Poker night and the friendships change, perhaps irreversibly, when Felix agrees to move in with Oscar.

Duane Baldwin plays Speed, one of the poker buddies who is most frustrated with the changes. He explained why he auditioned for The Odd Couple.

“It’s a classic. I love Neil Simon; he writes great shows. Rehearsals are going very well. It’s a good cast, we have strong direction and it’s a very good show," Duane said.

Aaron Dubois is making his debut at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, playing Roy, Oscar's accountant. He said rehearsals are going very well and everyone is developing their characters.

Aaron said he loves the role of Roy because “his personality changes from scene to scene. One night he can’t stand the dirt in Oscar’s apartment, the next night he can’t stand how clean it is.”

Civic veteran Arliss Jeffries plays Vinnie, whom he calls “a dichotomy.”

“Vinnie is so different from everyone else. He’s an epicure who is discovering that he likes good food and surprising situations. He likes things just so," Arliss said.

Yours truly, Steve Martin, plays Murray the cop. I auditioned for The Odd Couple because there are some shows that you know will be fun taking part in. I figured this would be one of them — a classic comedy, a story about friendship, well-defined characters — and it’s lived up to my expectations.

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's production of The Odd Couple opens Friday, May 9, and runs three consecutive weekends: May 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25. For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-PLAY (7529) or visit

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