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Neil Simon's                                                          
The Odd Couple

A Wimberley Players Presentation,
February 6th through February 22nd, 2004 at the Greenhouse Theatre

The Wimberley Players proudly present Neil Simon's rework of his smash hit The Odd Couple (with women in the lead roles) at the Greenhouse Theatre in Woodcreek. Opening Friday, February 6, weekend performances are scheduled through February 22. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 PM and Sunday matinees are at 2:30.

This hilarious twist to Simon's enduring comedy of dysfunctional roommates brings together Olive and Florence replacing Oscar and Felix in a classic tale of domestic culture shock. The female version premiered on Broadway in 1985 starring Rita Moreno as Olive Madison, with Sally Struthers as Florence Unger. Reviewers called it a "laugh-riot revisited," "a classic play with a decidedly modern spin," and many audiences have found it even funnier than the original Odd Couple!! 

Director Lee Colee-Atnip, assisted by Jana White as producer and Sandy Billings as Assistant Director, has chosen a stellar cast to bring Simon's crowd pleaser to the Greenhouse stage. Terri Burney-Bisett appears in the role of Olive, a successful television news anchor but a relaxed slob at home, and Judith Laird has the part of Flo, a repressed and often hysterical housewife. Olive impulsively takes Flo in as a roommate when the latter arrives at Olive's apartment for the weekly Trivial Pursuit party and announces (hysterically, of course) that she has separated from her husband. Other friends and Trivial Pursuit players are Amanda Troxell, Sandy Billings, Jackie Duffie and Carla Daws, all of whom lend their talent to numerous moments of candid humor that are both hilarious and thought provoking. To further complicate the plot, Steve Uzzell and John Flores portray two Spanish brothers, Olive's neighbors, whose ridiculous attempts at speaking English lead to some of the most ludicrous scenes in the show.

Playwright Simon, the winner of several Emmy and Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize for dramatic writing, has been entertaining theater, movie, and television audiences for more than four decades. Some of his best-known works are Barefoot in the Park, The Sunshine Boys, Plaza Suite, The Goodbye Girl and, of course, The Odd Couple. He began his writing career while in the US Army, working for the Army camp newspaper, found his way into radio and television writing for the Phil Silvers show and Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows". Simon then moved to the stage where he quickly established himself as America's most successful playwright by creating an unparalleled string of Broadway hits beginning in the 1960's.

Reservations for a rollicking good time as you enjoy this new twist on an old favorite can be made at any time with Visa/MasterCard by calling (512) 847-0575, or you can purchase your $12 tickets at the Wimberley Player's Box Office in the Ozona Motor Bank Lobby on River Road. Box Office hours are 1-5, Monday-Friday beginning February 2. As usual, the opening night performance will be followed by a complimentary Champagne buffet.

-  Carolyn Hart  -

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