The Odd Couple: A Theatrical Review
One of the most celebrated comedies in American History is now playing at the Norris Center for the Performing Arts; Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple’, and it is a complete sensation. The Norris Center for the Performing Arts is a delightful and elegant facility in the beautiful community of Rolling Hills Estates, CA. The professional elegance of the facility itself is something to truly be admired and respected. Then the production occurs, and the audience knows without question that they have experienced something truly wonderful.
Larry Raben plays the infamous and neurotic Felix Unger with such ease, ability, and comedic prowess that the audience was actually questioning one another as to whether or not he was truly this way in true life. This is expert performance ability. He is countered by Nick Santa Maria playing Oscar Madison with such ease and gruff comedic determination that I know both the original actors, Jack Lemon and Walter Mathau would have been proud. An excellent job by director James Gruessing as well as the other members of the cast; all of which deserve accolades for their abilities and talents.
The show is about two divorcees who, due to friendship and actual need, choose to share an eight room apartment in New York City. Felix is a total clean freak with undeniable neurosis, and fear of just about everything; while Oscar is a typical man’s man with the alcohol, drudgery, filth, and random run-a-muck behaviors. Together they continually bring each other to total frustration, aggravation, irritation, and almost inhalation. But never fear, the meaning of true friendship wins the day, but not before offering up some wonderfully laugh filled situations that will keep every audience member chuckling all the way home. Great job!
Performance dates for “The Odd Couple” are February 4-6 and 11-13, with 8 PM shows on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 PM matinees on Sunday. Tickets at $38, and discounted group sales tickets are available at ext. 256. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 310-544-0403 or visit www.norriscenter.com. Free, covered parking is available behind the theatre. The facility is wheelchair accessible and assisted listening devices are provided upon request. The Norris Center for the Performing Arts is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive (formerly Crossfield) in Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Enjoy!
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