WMU News

New Odd Couple comes to Miller Auditorium

March 7, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Felix and Oscar have been transformed in Neil Simon's hilarious revised female production of "The Odd Couple" Monday and Tuesday, March 11-12, at WMU's Miller Auditorium. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets prices range from $40 to $15 and can be purchased through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269 387-2300, toll-free 800 228-9858, or on the Web <www.millerauditorium.com>.

Barbara Eden, best known as the charming genie on the hit television series "I Dream of Jeannie," stars as the neurotically neat Florence and Rita McKenzie portrays the unkempt Olive.

When Neil Simon rewrote his long running smash hit The Odd Couple, he did more than switch the sexes. Although he retained many of the original script's best jokes, he has reworked the characters to reflect feminine attitudes and psychology. In addition, the two Pigeon sisters living upstairs have become the Costazuela brothers--two handsome Spaniards who work for Iberia Airlines, and the weekly poker game has become a funny match of Trivial Pursuit. Still, The Odd Couple's essence remains intact. The severely slovenly Olive Madison, a divorced TV station executive, invites the obsessive-compulsive neatnik Florence Unger into her home when Flo is deserted by her spouse.

Media contact: Krista Iles, 269 387-2298, krista.iles@wmich.edu

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