Desert Stages Theatre will present the adult play, “The Odd Couple” at Scottsdale Fashion Square through April 25.
DST performances will run at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays, according to a press release, detailing the original Broadway show that opened in 1965 and made into a film in 1968 including several television sitcoms, a cartoon, in the 1970s and ‘80s.
The local production features J. Kevin Tallent as Oscar Madison and Walt Pedano as Felix Ungar under director Virginia Olivieri, who is noted to have successfully directed and starred in many DST productions and worked for numerous theaters throughout the Valley, the release said.
She has cast Eric Banks, Paul Hartwell, Skip Emerson, Casey Cowan, Stephanie Vlasich, and Samantha Hartwell for the Neil Simon classic comedy, which opens as a group of the guys amidst of their weekly poker game in the apartment of divorced sportswriter, Oscar Madison.
If the mess is any indication, describes the release, “it’s no wonder that his wife left him” as the apartment is smoke-filled, and the only thing Oscar can offer guests is warm Coke and moldy sandwiches.
The last to arrive is Felix Ungar, just hrown out by his wife, detailed the release, adding how he is depressed and seems suicidal, leading Oscar to invite him to be his roommate.
However, as Felix takes on the domestic mantle in the apartment and proves just how difficult he is to live with, Oscar is said to be driven to the edge of madness while the “clean freak and the slob come to blows, and the ultimate ‘Odd Couple’ go their separate ways.”
To purchase tickets to the shows, visit DesertStages.org or call the box office at 480.483.1664.
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