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War of the roommates hits the stage

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 31, 2000


The enduring struggle between slob and neatnik contained in The Odd Couple makes a stop at Ocala Civic Theater April 5-8.

Mismatched roomies Oscar (Bill Duell) and Felix (Ray Wallace), are joined by their poker group of Murray (John O'Brien); Roy (Gregg Bleam); Speed (Bill Ross) and Vinnie (Preston Miller). Rounding out the cast are the two airline stewardesses Gwendolyn and Cecily Pigeon (Pat Gibson and Deborah Kennedy).

Neil Simon's popular play throws together two old friends -- the clean and neat Felix and the slovenly sportswriter Oscar. As each comes off a marriage that's gone sour, their relationship as roommates goes no better.

The Odd Couple began as a play written by Simon that was performed on Broadway starting in 1965, starring Walter Matthau as Oscar and Art Carney as Felix. Later in the show's run, Jack Klugman took over the role of Oscar. In 1968, the play was made into a movie starring Walter Matthau as Oscar and Jack Lemmon as Felix. The television show began in the fall of 1970, starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.

Curtain time for all performances is 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adult general admission, $10 for adult season ticket holders and $6 for students. Ocala Civic Theater is at 4337 E Silver Springs Blvd. Call (352) 236-2851.

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