When you walk into the Marblehead Little Theatre, you are stepping into the heat of a New York City summer on the Upper East Side. As many of us know, Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple debuted on Broadway in 1965, andwas later adapted into a film, and then a TV series in the 1970’s. In this MLT revival of the play, Director Brianne Beatrice has assembled a talented and versatile cast and crew who show a wonderful dedication to Simon’s script.
Confined in a filthy apartment like sweaty animals in a cage, the poker playing pals that open the evening of neurotic antics set the stage for comedy with playful insults and temporary escape from their own mundane realities. Meanwhile,the endearingly sloppy Oscar, played by Mark Morrison, takes charge in assisting their close friend, Felix, played by Erik Rodenhiser, with reassembling his now shattered life after being dumped by his wife of twelve years. Mark and Erik exhibit amazing chemistry on stage, proving that opposites attract, or detract if you happen to being living together. By the time the duo are visited by the coo-coo Pigeon sisters, played by two talented young actresses, Lauren Bambera and Brooke Lavoie, the play is in full swing with Felix cleaning and sulking, and Oscar’s temper rising to a boil. The audience can’t help but find the hysteria in these two polar opposites struggling to exist among one another.
For a hilarious evening of sweaty poker, adorable Pigeon girls, and wall tossed linguine, grab tickets to see The Odd Couple at the Marblehead Little Theatre. Playing March 15 until the 24th. You can reserve tickets online at mltlive.com
Emma Cavaliere is an actress, writer, director and photographer living on the North Shore. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has worked in theatre and film in both the US and Canada. Since moving to the North Shore in 2010, she has been thrilled to observe and participate in all that the area has to offer in art, nature and community.