The Las Cruces Community Theatre presents The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon. Directed by larrychandler, The Odd Couple features the talents of Lynn Linde, Jamie Bronstein, Erin Wendorf, Jade Diaz, Nora Brown, Karen Buerdsell, Teddy Aspen Sanchez, and Victor Zamora.
In this production, Unger and Madison are at it again. Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same. The female version of this play was first presented on Broadway in 1985.
American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, and many more.
In addition to the film adaptations he has written of many of his plays, his screenplay credits include After the Fox, The Out-Of-Towners, The Heartbreak Kid (original 1973 version), Murder by Death and numerous others. He has also written for many television shows such as The Tallulah Bankhead Show, The Sid Caesar Show, and The Phil Silvers Arrow Show.
Simon has received more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer. Awards he has received include the Pulitzer Prize for Lost In Yonkers, Emmy Awards for The Sid Caesar Show and The Phil Silvers Show, Tony Awards for The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, Lost In Yonkers and a special Tony Award For Overall Contribution To The Theatre.
The Odd Couple (Female Version) will run through Sunday, February 8. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $11 for students/seniors/military, $10 for groups of ten or more, and $10 for children six and under.
In celebration of For the Love of Art Month, a showing of Nine Year Deviation by Chris Bardey, managing partner of the West End Art Depot, will be on display in the inner theatre lobby throughout the entire run of The Odd Couple (Female Version). A reception with the artist will be held on Friday, February 6, from 5 – 7 p.m. at LCCT during the First Friday Ramble, and is free to the public. Tickets for The Odd Couple (Female Version) can be purchased online at lcctnm.org or for patrons without internet access or email capabilities, tickets can be obtained by calling 523-1200.