‘The Odd Couple, Female Version’ opens Friday

By: 
Wade Young

The cast of Curtain Call Theatre’s show “The Odd Couple, Female Version” rehearses for the show’s opening Friday at the Next Chapter Winery. Pictured are (sitting, from left) Hailey Zurn, Autumn Gare, Heather Jenness, (standing) Bill Wencl, Andy Velishek, Patty Warnemunde and Linda Gare. Missing is Denise DeVinney. (Wade Young Photo)

One is a slob. The other is a compulsive neat freak.

Circumstances force them to share an apartment.

Let the laughter begin.

Curtain Call Theatre brings “The Odd Couple, Female Version” to the area for two weeks, beginning Friday.

The Neil Simon play has been a crowd-pleaser since it debuted on Broadway in 1965. Twenty years later, Simon wrote a female version which debuted on Broadway. In Curtain Call’s version, Olive (slob) is played by Heather Jenness, and Florence (neat freak) is played by Linda Gare.

The overall premise remains the same for the female version. Florence’s marriage breaks down, so she moves in with best friend Olive. However, certain changes reflect the gender switch. Instead of playing poker with cigar-smoking buddies, the women play Trivial Pursuit. Instead of a flirtation with two ditzy British sisters, the two date brothers — Manolo and Jesus Costazuela — played by Andy Velisek and Bill Wencl, respectively.

The play is directed by Denise DeVinney who has been in many Curtain Call productions. She is also very experienced with this year’s show and said it is a personal favorite of hers.

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