The Odd Couple, Neil Simon's Classic Comedy from Raven Theatre
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I attended a "preview" production and my expectation were fairly low. I was pleasantly surprised. The actor's timing was good and their energy level was high. I only observed a couple of flubs, but overwise I was quite pleased. I enjoy the intimate feeling of the Raven East Theater. There's not a bad seat in the house.
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I think this play is very good, but it's important not to narrow your expectation to the movie. Felix is slightly overweight which is something you wouldn't expect from a character that is known for perfection. What he lacks in physical...continued
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This was the first preview. There were only a few times when lines were flubbed. The actor playing Oscar Madison was so energetic & animated! Overall, all the actors did a great job! Set design was interesting. Lighting & sound ran without a...continued
Spend an evening with America’s favorite bachelors at The Odd Couple, directed by Michael Menendian.
Best friends: can’t live with them, can’t realize your life’s regrets without them. When Felix’s wife kicks him out, his recently divorced best friend, Oscar, opens his home to take him in. Reality sets in when Felix’s “Mary Poppins” lifestyle destroys the laid-back vibe of Oscar’s ultimate bachelor pad. A fun night with their neighbors, the Pigeon sisters, could help ease the tension or it just might light the fuse on this combustible situation. Can these two learn how to live with each other or will they drive each other berserk?
Menendian states, “In keeping with Raven’s mission of exploring the characteristics of what defines the “American Experience”, Neil Simon’s quintessential comedy classic fits right into this mold, and challenges us to find those human elements that make Simon so Chekhovian in his approach to naturalistic humor without sacrificing honest emotional context."
Neil Simon is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright. Presenting human weaknesses in an honest and uniquely comedic way, Simon mastered the art of making serious issues funny. This style of tension release and use of one-liners became very popular very quickly as his third play, The Odd Couple, brought him his first Tony Award.
Director Michael Menendian is a founding member and the Producing Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, where he has simultaneously directed and set designed many productions, earning multiple Joseph Jefferson and After Dark awards. His productions include Death of a Salesman, __Hedda Gabler, ____Laughter on the 23____rd__ Floor, The Night of the Iguana, The Sea Gull, American Buffalo, A Few Good Men, Dancing at Lughnasa, Golden Boy, Marvin’s Room, A Streetcar Named Desire, A View from the Bridge, You Can’t Take It with You, Glengarry Glen Ross, and others__.__
Leading the cast are Eric Roach in the role of Oscar and Jon Steinhagen in the role of Felix. Roach was last seen on the Raven stage in __Laughter on the 23rd Floor. __ He is an ensemble member of Factory Theatre and has worked with companies including Strawdog Theatre, The Hypocrites and Lifeline Theatre. Steinhagen was last seen on the Raven stage in Hedda Gabler. He is a multiple Jeff award winning actor/writer/musical director and is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists as well as a company member of Signal Ensemble Theatre. Greg Caldwell (Roy) is an ensemble member of Raven theatre who was recently seen in Death of a Salesman; Greg Kolack (Vinnie) directed Raven Theatre’s production of columbinus and recently directed the Drury Lane’s 2007 production of The Odd Couple; Larry Carani (Murray) has appeared in numerous Raven productions including Diner Tales, A Clean Well Lighted Place and A Few Good Men; Anthony Tournis (Speed) is an ensemble member of Factory Theatre and was recently seen on the Raven stage in Death of a Salesman; Liz Fletcher (Gwendolyn) is an ensemble member of Raven Theatre where she has been seen in A Streetcar Name Desire (Jeff Citation Leading Actress), Golden Boy (Jeff Citation Supporting Actress) and Dancing at Lughnasa; Brigitte Ditmars (Cecily) is a Jeff Award winning choreographer and ensemble member of Hell in a Handbag productions who has performed with companies including Circle Theatre, Signal Ensemble Theatre and Porchlight Music Theatre.
The design staff includes: Ray Toler (Set Designer); Andrei Onegin (Technical Director); Kelly Dailey (Scenic Artist); Amy Lee (Lighting Designer); JoAnn Montemurro (Costume Designer); Katherine M. Chavez (Sound Designer) and Mary O’Dowd (Props). Cathy Bowren serves as stage manager and Emilie Kuhar serves as Asst. Stage Manager.
About the Ticket Supplier: Raven Theatre
Raven Theatre’s mission is to establish itself as an important voice in regional theater, focusing on American classics, as well as new and lesser-known projects that shed light on the “American Experience.” The company’s mission is realized by uniting an ensemble of Chicago-based theater artists from diverse disciplines who work together with the goal of maintaining a high standard of artistic excellence with programming easily accessible to patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and thereby enriching our community’s cultural life. Vigorously fresh revivals of masterpieces by great playwrights such as Miller, Williams, Saroyan and Mamet introduce new audiences to established classics, while original and lesser-known works give voice to the next generation of playwrights. Through Raven’s Children’s Theatre Program, the company seeks to present a wide range of theatrical education and entertainment options applicable across a broad academic spectrum.