Odd Coupling

“The Odd Couple“ (female version) will be performed select days from May 13 to 22 at Daytona Playhouse at 100 Jessamine Blvd. From left are Mitzi Sparks (Vera), Heather Strickland (Mickey), Alexandra Bochis, (Renee) and Jennifer Herron (Sylvie).

The ladies will kill you with laughter in Neil Simon’s revised hit show “The Odd Couple “(female version) at Daytona Playhouse select days from Friday, May 13, to Sunday, May 22, at 100 Jessamine Blvd.

Olive (Tabitha O'Jibway) and a group of girlfriends enjoy their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy apartment. Florence (Katie Suddard) arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Finicky Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in, to the horror of their friends Sylvie (Jennifer Herron), Vera (Mitzi Sparks). Renee (Alexandra Bochis) and Mickey (Heather Strickland).

Olive’s easy-going outlook on life and messy lifestyle soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit and the result is pure comedy. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers (Mike Mitchener, Quentin Van Cleef), their differences come to a head and sparks fly.

In 1985, Neil Simon revised The Odd Couple for a female cast. The Female Odd Couple was based on the same story line and same lead characters, now called Florence Ungar and Olive Madison. The poker game became Trivial Pursuit with their friends becoming the girlfriends. The English-born Pigeon sisters became the Spanish-born Costazuela brothers, Manolo and Jesus.

The Female Odd Couple opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre June 11, 1985, and closed Feb. 23, 1986, after 295 performances and nine previews.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $19 for seniors 55 and older and $10 for 18 and younger. For more information, visit daytonaplayhouse.org or call (386) 255-2431.

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