|Posters have been around the towns, Facebook is chattering about it, Tribune articles have followed it, and now it’s here: the first live play of the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018 season, “The Odd Couple”, by Neil Simon. The first of six performances begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. on the boards at the historic Jones Theater, with additional shows this weekend on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee, May 13 at 2 p.m. The production continues the following weekend as well, on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m.
The classic comedy opens in Oscar Madison’s slovenly apartment as a group of his friends are deep in a game of poker. It is no wonder that Oscar is divorced if his messy apartment is any indication. Oscar’s best friend Felix Ungar arrives late and depressed: he and his wife have recently separated and he accepts an offer to move in with Oscar. At first, Felix’s love of order is the perfect answer to Oscar’s messy house, careless spending, and gambling problems. But soon, Felix’s compulsions drive Oscar crazy. Comedy ensues as the two navigate life together.
The wonderful array of local thespians cast to delight audiences with the comedic turns of the drama includes both veterans and new comers to the stage. Directed by Scott Chapman with Chris Tabb as consulting director, the ensemble is headed by Tom “Frosty” Frostman as Oscar, and Ron Beckner as Felix. The poker players are Chris Tabb (Speed), Dan Hiester (Murray), Allen Brunke (Roy), and Dan Lindvig (Vinnie). The neighboring Pigeon sisters are played by Stacy Terrill (Gwendolyn) and Amy Gage (Cecily).
Produced by Christiane Relph, the Executive Producers are Tom and Robyn Wallerich.
The off stage production personnel who also make the show possible include Allie Neas and Lynne Tabb as Stage Managers; Mark Maloney, Chris Tabb, Scott Chapman, and Cody Elliot in set design and construction; Scott Foster as Technical Director; with costumes by Allie Neas and Christiane Relph.
The performance is included in the season ticket package, and tickets are otherwise available at the door or online. Prices for the individual performances are $15 for adults, $10 for students and active military, and $5 for kids 12 and under.
Further information is available at 783-3004 or online at www.jonestheater.com.
– W.A. Ewing