Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre Mark Kilmurry loves Neil Simon’s play about “the odd couple”, two men called Felix and Oscar who find themselves living together in Felix’s New York apartment when divorce disrupts their circumstances.
Kilmurry explains why he chose to put on this production. “The Odd Couple has lasted nearly 60 years and is still a hugely popular play with audiences. I like the characters and so does the writer.”
Kilmurry is delighted with his cast.
“I am thrilled to have two comedy masters, Brian Meegan and Steve Rodgers, as the definitive odd couple, together with an outstanding cast in Neil Simon’s hilarious Tony Award-winning play of divorce, friendship and plenty of misunderstandings. This is one of my favourite plays and I am looking forward to working with these actors who will have people laughing at a staggering rate.”
Kilmurry did not impose directorial innovations on the play, saying “I wanted to serve the play and Neil Simon’s wonderful words.”
He says he likes to collaborate with actors and together discover the text.
“I like to act as a guide when needed and through exploration discover their characters and the world of the play.”
The play has much to say about friendship and tolerance. Doing so with great humour.
“It is a classic comedy, perfect for Christmas and an alternative to the news of the world at the moment. It’s fun. It will cheer you up, and make you laugh loudly,” Kilmurry adds.
Nov 22-Dec 20. Ensemble Theatre, 78 McDougall St, Kirribilli. $38-$78+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.ensemble.com.au