By Bob Fowler,Â Roane State staff writer
Itâ€™s an update of a classic comedy about a slob and a neat freak living together in disharmony, but this time the characters are female.
Itâ€™s Neil Simonâ€™s “The Odd Couple (Female Version),” and the curtain went up on the Roane State Community College Playmakersâ€™ adaptation on Friday, November 10, for a two-week run in the Oâ€™Brien Theatre on the collegeâ€™s main campus in Harriman.
â€œIâ€™ve been wanting to do a Neil Simon play for a while,â€ said Jonathan Chemay, Roane State theatre technician, whoâ€™s directed three other recent Playmakers productions. â€œI think (Simon) was a comedic genius.â€
Simonâ€™s update of his contemporary classic, about slovenly Oscar Madison and obsessive Felix Unger, was rewritten by the playwright two decades after his original version premiered.
The original Odd Couple featured Felix and Oscar hosting a poker game with four guys as guests. In the female version, Florence and Olive have a get-together with four girlfriends for a night of â€œTrivial Pursuit.â€ [Read more…]