The Odd Couple (female version)
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Evan Johnson

Most people have seen some version of Neil Simon’s comedy The Odd Couple either on stage, in the movies or on television. Well, if you’d like to see a slightly different version go to Pacific Alliance Stage Company’s production of The Odd Couple (female version).

Also written by Neil Simon, this Odd Couple has Marie Shell playing Olive Madison, the female version of the sloppy Oscar and Danielle Cain as Olive’s neat orderly friend Florence Unger. Both are excellent Bay Area actresses and well suited for their parts. Shell has performed at Marin Shakespeare, Willows Theatre and Theatre Works. Cain has starred in many Actors Theatre of Santa Rosa productions and teaches drama at Sonoma State University. The rest of the cast is also topnotch with a special appearance by Hector Correa, Pacific Alliance’s artistic director.

The story is very similar to the male version with the weekly poker game being replaced by Trivial Pursuit. Florence, like Felix, has recently broken up with her spouse, and Olive, like Oscar, invites her to move in with him. The two drive each other crazy but tend to be a bit more supportive than their male counterparts. While this diminishes some of the dramatic action, it’s still a very funny show. Directed by Gene Abravaya, this feminine odd couple is an entertaining night full of laughter.

For tickets or more information call Spreckels Performing Arts Center in beautiful Rohnert Park at (707) 588-3400.

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