One of Neil Simon’s most famous and best loved plays, The Odd Couple, is so good he wrote it three times: a version for two men, made famous by those wonderful film performances from Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, a version for a man and a woman, and version for two women. This summer, rather than Felix and Oscar, meet Florence and Olive.
It’s a warm sticky July evening in New York’s Upper West Side. Olive is hosting the girls for their weekly game of Trivial Pursuit in her usual laid-back style, when highly strung and house proud Florence appears, freshly split from her husband, with nowhere to go.
The Odd Couple is the epitome of quick-witted, laugh-a-minute New York humour, and TV shows like Friends owe a huge amount to Neil Simon’s comic genius. This production is a fresh look at a familiar set up, and, as fans of the original might expect, sparks fly as Florence and Olive struggle to be themselves whilst living with each other!
WRITTEN BY NEIL SIMON
DIRECTED BY CONOR HANRATTY