Red Barn to present Neil Simon’s classic comedy • Current Publishing
Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” made its Broadway debut in 1965 with Art Carney as the neat monster Felix Ungar and Walter Matthau as the sloppy sports reporter Oscar Madison.
This was followed by the movie with Jack Lemmon (Felix) and Matthau reprising his role, then the TV show with Tony Randall (Felix) and Jack Klugman (Oscar). Since then it has had several variations, including women in the lead roles.
Now the Red Barn Summer Theater, 2120 E. County Line Rd., Frankfort, will in turn present the classic comedy from June 23 to July 3.
“I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve done this at the barn,” said Red Barn artistic director Michael Taylor, who will be leading the show.
The play tells the story of friends who bicker after Felix’s wife throws him out of the house and he comes to live with Oscar.
Luke McLaughlin plays Oscar and Aaron Moon plays Felix.
Taylor leads the rehearsals of “The Odd Couple” during the day and performed “Who’s in Bed with the Butler?” the night. This show was scheduled to end on June 20.
“It’s one of those shows that went through a phase where everyone was doing it,” Taylor said. “Over the past few years it has gone down. The female version seems to be done more often these days. I think it’s because there are so many female actresses. It lay dormant around this area, and that finally gave us the opportunity to do so.
“The Odd Couple” features a cast of seven.
“The actors are so excited to do it because it’s a great job,” Taylor said. “Our first show this season is more of a slapstick comedy. (“The Odd Couple”) has a more realistic feel, so they like to play the more honest characters. “
To learn more, visit redbarntheatre.net.