Larry Steckling 6:30 p.m., Sept. 21
The Odd Couple
Opposites attract? Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar would disagree. In Neil Simon's durable comedy, opposites drive each other nuts in Oacar's eight-room apartment on Riverside Drive. North Coast Rep's staging gets the jokes but director Andrew Barnicle's cast doesn't play for laughs. They ground the script in real things. Louis Lotorto (an urgent, melodramatic Felix) and Matt Thompson (well-meaning, crude Oscar) do fine tandem work. Wearing Sonia Lerner's 1965-flavored costumes, the supporting cast has no weak links (standouts include Bernie Kopsho as a cigar-chomping cop and Amanda Schaar as Gwendolyn Pigeon). Marty Burnett contributes yet another appealing set - that is, after manic Felix cleans up Oscar's grungy man-cave.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Wednesdays, 7pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm
- "The Odd Couple at North Coast Rep" (April 19, 2013)