(Lake Geneva, WI) February 20 & 22, 2019 – As the cold and snow settle around us, it does the heart good to remember that February is the month of love. So what better time to bring you a production about one of the most famous couples in theater! No, not Romeo and Juliet, but Felix and Oscar. Well, almost Felix and Oscar. The Geneva Theatre Actors Guild will be performing the female version of the play “The Odd Couple”.
The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on March 10, 1965 and transferred to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre where it closed on July 2, 1967 after 964 performances and two previews. Directed by Mike Nichols, the cast starred Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar. The production gained Tony Awards for Walter Matthau, Best Actor (Play), Best Author (Play), Best Direction of a Play, and Best Scenic Design (Oliver Smith), and was nominated for Best Play. It has subsequently been reincarnated twice as a TV show.
In 1985, Neil Simon revised The Odd Couple for a female cast. The Female Odd Couple was based on the same story line and same lead characters, now called Florence Ungar and Olive Madison. The poker game became Trivial Pursuit with their friends becoming the girlfriends: Mickey, Sylvie, Vera, and Renee. The Pigeon sisters became the Costazuela brothers, Manolo and Jesus.
The Female Odd Couple opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 11, 1985, and closed on February 23, 1986, after 295 performances and nine previews. Directed by Gene Saks, responsible for the 1968 film version, the leads were Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno as Florence (Felix) and Olive (Oscar), respectively, with Lewis J. Stadlen and Tony Shalhoub (in his Broadway debut) as the Costazuela brothers.
Our performances, held at the Geneva Theater, 244 Broad Street in Lake Geneva, will be as follows:
- Wednesday, 2/20, at 7:30 PM
- Friday, 2/22, at 10:00 AM
There is no charge for admission, but we recommend a $10 donation. Proceeds from this show will benefit Open Arms Free Clinic.
Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc. (OAFC) is a volunteer-driven, donor-supported, community-based non-profit 501C3 organization, with a mission to better understand and serve with compassion the health and wellness needs of the low-income and uninsured residents of Walworth County, Wisconsin. For those without the ability to pay, the Open Arms is the only clinic of its kind in Walworth County, exclusively dedicated to providing both primary care to all of its patients, as well as ongoing care and management to those with chronic disease – all without charge. Since treating its first patient in December 2012, there have been over 2,800 patients served at OAFC with primary and specialty medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab and pharmaceutical assistance. For more information on volunteering, donating, or becoming a patient, please visit us at openarmsfreeclinic.org or give us a call at 262-379-1401.