Women will strut their stuff in the female version of  the Odd Couple

The Westmoreland Players will present the female version of “The Odd Couple” May 6 through 21 at the Westmoreland Players Theatre, 16217 Richmond Road, Callao.

The production will open with a gala May 6. Festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7:30 p.m. Gala tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students.

The production will continue at 3 p.m. May 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21; and 7:30 p.m. May 12, 18 and 19. Show tickets are $20 for adults $12 for students. For reservations, call 529-9345, or visit westmorelandplayers.org.

The couple, Olive and Florence, and their bevy of girlfriends all gathered for a hot night of Trivial Pursuit. No less ruthless than the boy’s poker game, the ladies play to win and bring home the comedy, reported artistic director Glenn Evans.

Veteran actresses Linda Stough and Kathryn Shepherd will portray Florence and Olive. Director Tommy Neuman will guide the girls to lend their comic expertise in these unforgettable characters. Devoted Players Carolyn Reiner, Janice Coates, Julia Clay and newcomer Mary J. Leslie will fill out the female ensemble of faithful friends.

Father-and-son team Michael and Kyle Snider lend their Spanish accents and 1980s flair to play the hot hombres upstairs.

“You won’t want to miss the hilarity of game night with the girls and date night with Costazuela brothers,” said Evans.

Neil Simon’s comic battle of opposites has a long history. The original male-oriented play debuted in 1965 followed by a hit movie and long-running TV show.

Not yet done with his iconic tale of unlikely roommates, Simon offered The Female Odd Couple to Broadway starring All in the Family’s Sally Struthers as Florence Ungar and stage and Oscar-winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story) as Olive Madison. These two leading ladies breathed new life into the classic situation of mis-matched roommates.

Stough also produces, Janet Baserap stage manages and dozens of other enthusiastic volunteers are pitching in.


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