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 one for two women: Florence and Olive.
The Odd Couple centres on a girlfriends’ weekly catch-up over a game of Trivial Pursuit, in Olive’s apartment in New York’s Upper West Side. Neurotic and persnickety Florence enters and the fun begins.
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. The Everyman production took a fresh look at a familiar set up, and, as fans of the original expected, sparks flew as Florence and Olive struggled to be themselves whilst living with each other!
Packed with witty one-liners and sharp dialogue audiences were guaranteed to laugh.
“Challenging gender norms makes for laughs in vintage play” – Irish Independent (Read the full review HERE)
“If the show is as much fun as the rehearsals are, then things are looking good for the audience of The Odd Couple” – Gene Rooney (Vera)
“light, enjoyable summer theatre … chock-a-block with the witty one-liners for which the New York playwright is renowned” – Irish Examiner (Read the full review HERE)
Watch the audience reaction videos HERE and HERE.
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Conor Hanratty
Set and Costume Designer Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer Kevin Smith
Movement Director Paula O’Reilly
Noni Stapleton as Mickey
Nichola MacEvilly as Florence
Gillian McCarthy as Olive
Gene Rooney as Vera
Éadaoin O’Donoghue as Renee
Kevin Creedon as Jesus
Camille Ross as Sylvie
Ray Scannell as Manolo