36 The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

Directed by Gill Lambourn

28-31st July, 2016, Felpham Village Hall

NODA ACCOLADE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD 2016

RUNNER -UP
SE Regional Councillor’s Trophy for Drama

SYNOPSIS

The Odd Couple began life as a successful Broadway play; in 1965 this was followed by the wonderfully memorable film starring the incomparable Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. A highly popular spin off TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman ran for five years and now Regis Players bring Neil Simon’s brilliant play to you. I’m confident “The Odd Couple” – Oscar the archetypal slob and Felix, his fanatically precise and tidy flatmate, along with their poker playing buddies and two attractive but naive English girls will be a terrific evening of quality humour from a gifted comic writer and a great cast. A real crowd pleaser and definitely one not to be missed.

CAST

Oscar MadisonPaul Taylor
Felix UngarPatrick Hunter
SpeedJamie Potts
MurrayTrevor Roman
RoyDavid Bennett
VinniePaul Ramsay
Gwendolyn PigeonDeborah Addicott
Cecily PigeonLizzie Emmerson

PRODUCTION

DirectorGill Lambourn
Production AssistantJulia Webb
Production ManagerElaine Green
PromptSandy Knight
Stage ManagerJudy Roberts
Technical ManagerAlex Marner
PropsJudy Watts, Jenny Treherne

The Regis Players
The Odd Couple

Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on 29th July, 2016
Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: Play
Director: Gill Lambourn

SHOW REPORT

The set was extremely good, very cleverly set up in the round which worked very well for this particular production giving the principal couple and their various visitors plenty of space for the very varied activities. The considered lighting with two chandeliers made the entire apartment come to life, cleverly redressed for each scene, giving a clue to the personality of the different pair and the state of their lives. In the hands of two very accomplished players, Paul Taylor as Oscar and Patrick Hunter playing the part of Felix, Regis Players were on to a sure winner with this well written and well known Neil Simon play. They held their audience from start to finish with good timing and getting the most out of their parts. I could really believe how annoying Oscar was to his card playing buddies with his slap happy housekeeping and general uncouth behaviour. Agreeing to set up home with Felix who showed all the nuances of a pedantic man with lots of hang-ups, a strange view of relationships and being obsessively house proud was a disaster from the start. The episodes of funny incidents throughout the play were very well-rehearsed, and seemed to happen as a matter of course, they just flowed – which I liked, as there was no preparation for what was going to happen – it just happened – which made it all the more real and hilarious. They were well supported by the remaining gentlemen of the cast namely Jamie Potts – Speed, Trevor Roman – Murray, Paul Ramsey – Vinnie and David Bennett – Roy. They made up a very varied group sitting around the gambling table being convincing at all times. I loved the scenes with the sandwiches. The two ladies of the cast Deborah Addicott as Gwendolyn and Lizzie Emmerson as Cecily added another dimension with their interesting portrayals. They burst on to the stage in outrageous costumes and spent their time treating us to fabulous scenes of hysterical laughter or desperate depression. I have seldom laughed so openly at a production. It was a delight from start to finish.

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