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‘The Odd Couple’ opens in April


 Get ready for Neil Simon’s best-known comedy “The Odd Couple,” which will appear on the North Oregon Coast the last three weekends of April.

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The Riverbend Players are performing this classic comedy, directed by Betsy McMahon, in the newly-remodeled NCRD Theater in Nehalem. Come and enjoy the two mismatched buddies, Oscar and Felix, at their best!

Oscar, played by Brian McMahon and Felix, played by Mike Sims, are both aggressively irritating, pushing their own neuroses and obsessions out into the world, with a disregard for people around them. Their card-playing buddies add zingers and crazy comedy antics to the production: Michael Sommers as Roy, Mike Scott as Speed, Jeff Slamal as Murray and Michael Dinan as Vinnie.   With the entrance of the Pigeon sisters, the comedy lifts to joyous heights. Sedona Torres plays Gwendolyn and Sue Jelineo plays Cecily, portraying the perfectly daft, giggly, good-time girls who lend a sense of lightness to Oscar and Felix’s bickering.

This production of “The Odd Couple” reflects more than just a barrage of one-liners or a superficial, slap-happy exercise in joke recital.   Neil Simon’s writing wraps all of the eight characters in a layer of humanity, enhancing the comedy by making it feel real. There is a reason that “The Odd Couple” is a classic — not only is there scarcely a moment in the play that isn’t hilarious, but in the usual Simon style, there are also fresh and unexpected insights into human nature.

 

The dates of the production are:

Saturday, April 16 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m.

Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

 

 

For information or advance tickets call: 503-368-3201