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Female 'Odd Couple' delivers laughs

Showing at Playhouse this month

POSTED: August 23, 2012 5:00 p.m.
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Linda Thompson, right, and Dyann Beaty get ready for a dress rehearsal of “The Odd Couple” at the Cumming Playhouse.

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A television classic has been made over at the Cumming Playhouse, where the female version of “The Odd Couple” began a three-week run Thursday night.

The show by playwright Neil Simon demonstrates the hilarity that can occur when a neat freak and a slob decide to room together.

Dyann Beaty, who portrays Olive, the messier of the roommates, said playing the character has been fun.

“She’s definitely a slob,” she said. “She needs a roommate and I think she makes a bad choice with this one. I think her heart is bigger than her brain sometimes.”

Linda Thompson, who plays Florence, the neat one, said audiences will enjoy the show.

“I hope they don’t find Florence too annoying because she is a bit [obsessive-compulsive],” she said.

“Neil Simon is my favorite playwright and I think it’s because he really gets human interaction and he understands how and why people tick.

“With this show … he really did nail women [in] how they get together and talk and interact.”

The show’s director, John Marino of The Company Players, said the show is the group’s first. He’s happy the experience is occurring at the Cumming Playhouse.

“The people here have been fantastic … they make you feel welcome and we’ve had nothing but total cooperation from everybody,” he said. “It couldn’t have been an easier process for us. It’s been a good experience and I’d definitely do it again.”

According to Marino, more mature audiences will get a lot of laughs out of the production.

“First of all, it’s an adult show. It’s not for kids,” he said. “It’s like sexual overtones and stuff like that, but in a funny way.”

And anyone familiar with the TV show likely will enjoy the female version of the play.

“It’s the same storyline,” he said. “Neil Simon wrote this one about eight years after he wrote the original and he took the best out of that show, the plot, and added little things here and there that fit women better than men.”

Marino said when he first read the script he “fell in love with it.”

“I just started laughing out loud and that’s usually a pretty good sign,” he said.

Beaty said the cast has had difficulty in rehearsals at times.

“There are some very funny parts, some very funny lines,” she said. “We’ve been laughing at these lines all along.”

Marino said he hopes audiences find as much humor as he and the cast have.

“I think people will come and see the show and they’ll walk away smiling and kind of feeling good,” he said. “It’s like what we sometimes find the most funny as human beings is laughing at other people’s problems and they get a chance to do that here.

“The clashes between the two women, the dialogue that Neil Simon wrote is just so fantastic, there’s almost a laugh line every two or three lines so it’s just really a hilarious show.”

 

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