Press Release: The Odd Couple

Metro Theatre Vancouver is thrilled to raise the curtain with Neil Simon’s classic comedy THE ODD COUPLE directed by Catherine Morrison on stage Oct 30 – Nov 14, 2021.

Whether you throw your potato chips on the floor or your poker chips on table,
The Odd Couple” will bring you a grin.

     The play opens as a group of the guys are in the midst of their weekly poker game in the apartment of divorced sportswriter, Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. The last to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been thrown out by his wife. Felix is depressed and seems suicidal, leading Oscar to invite Felix to be his roommate. However, as Felix takes on the domestic mantle in the apartment and proves just how difficult he is to live with, Oscar is driven to the edge of madness. The final straw occurs when Felix refuses to follow through with a double-date Oscar has set up with the beautiful Pigeon sisters, who live in the same apartment block.  The characteristics that drove each of them to leave their wives soon have them at each other’s throats. 

The Odd Couple is considered by many as one of the finest stage comedies ever written. I agree. Everyone can relate to both these men. Felix and Oscar, are as different as chalk and cheese. Neither of them are quite sure why their marriages fell apart– they move in together to save money for alimony and suddenly discover they’re having the same conflicts and fights they had in their marriages. Neil Simon’s comedy brilliance wins us early. And carries us throughout . ” Catherine Morrison, Director.

 

 

Tickets from $31.50 (includes GST) can be reserved by calling
the Box Office
604 266 7191
or
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The Cast and Production Team

THE CAST OF CHARACTERS

(In Order of Their Appearance)

SPEED………………………………………………………….. Dovreshin MacRae

MURRAY………………………………………………………. Michael S Weir

ROY……………………………………………………………… Adam Abrams

VINNIE…………………………………………………………. Kimball Finigan

OSCAR MADISON…………………………………………. Rob Stover

FELIX UNGER……………………………………………….. Adrian Maxwell

GWENDOLYN PIGEON…………………………………… Tamara Prescott

CECILY PIGEON…………………………………………….. Camille Musseau

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR………………………………………. Catherine Morrison

STAGE MANAGER……………………………. Allison Kendall

ASM/PROPERTIES……………………………. Colleen Shook, Deborah Watts,  ……………………………….Karen Cooper, Susan Munkeskov

SET DESIGNER……………………………….. Catherine Morrison

COSTUME DESIGNER……………………… Claire Turner

SOUND DESIGNER………………………….. Roger Monk

LIGHTING DESIGNER………………………. Les Erskine

GENERAL MANAGER……………………….. Les Erskine

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR……………………. Les Erskine

SCENIC CARPENTER………………………. Robin Richardson

SCENIC PAINTING/SET DECORATION……………….. Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

COSTUME/PROPERTIES MANAGER……………………. Claire Turner

PUBLICITY………………………………………. Debra Danny

GRAPHIC DESIGN……………………….…… Barbara LaBounta

PHOTOGRAPHY………………………………. Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Director’s Talk

 

Join Director Catherine Morrison and the cast of The Odd Couple  immediately following the show on Friday, November 5, 2021 for an informal chat about:
  • Challenges in doing this play with the re-formatted structure from a three act to a two act play ( particularly for the props team !)

After which, Catherine  will open the session up for questions from the audience.

There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage – allowing for social distancing at all times.
The session will last approximately 20 minutes.

Sneak Peek of Back Stage During The Show

Production & Promo Photo Links

 All Photo Credit to : Tracy-Lynn Chernaske

Facebook Album

 

Flickr Feed Production Photos

 

Flickr Feed Promo Photos

FAST FACTS:
The Odd Couple

SHOW TIMES:

Evening Performances at 8 pm:
Oct 30,and Nov 4,5,6,11,12,13

Matinee Performances at 2 pm:
Oct 31, and Nov 7, 14

By order of the Provincial Health Officer:
* Proof of vaccination is required to enter the theatre.
* Masks are required inside the theatre for all patrons born in 2009 or earlier.

 

SHOW RUN:

Oct 30- Nov 14, 2021

Director’s Talk  is Friday Nov 5, 2021

The Preview is on Friday Oct 29, 2021 – it is the final dress rehearsal.

  • Running Time: approx 2 hours including the 15 minute intermission.
LOCATION:

1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC.  Next to the on-ramp to the Arthur Lang Bridge by Marine Drive and Granville .

TICKET PRICING:

From $31.50
The Preview is $25

~ GST and fees are included

 

* Group Discounts available

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office 604 266 7191 or purchased on line TICKETS

 

BOX OFFICE WINDOWS HOURS:

BOX OFFICE OPENS 4:30pm on Performance Days 

Voicemail or email responses at other times
Box Office Phone: 604 266 7191
LICENSED LOUNGE HOURS:

Performance Evenings – 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Performance Matinees – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

PARKING:

There is plenty of easy parking – in the parking lot, on the street, even ‘All Evening Parking’ for $4 at the Value Liquor Store Lot just up the street from Metro – 1450 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6P 5Z9

BUS ROUTES:

We’re close to the Marpole bus loop and on the #10 route. Check out www.translink.ca for transit directions.

CONTACT:

Metro Theatre  via the contact form at the bottom of this page for more information, publicity photos, and arrangements for interviews.

letter M with happy and sad theatre masksMetro Theatre is a non-profit theatre company, dedicated to promoting and developing theatre arts.  This is our 58th (resumed) Season of bringing laughter, intrigue and surprise to live audiences. THE ODD COUPLE is our 527th show.

 

 

 

A Tale of Two Oscars

I first read The Odd Couple in high school many moons ago and immediately loved it.  I had hoped to stage it with my fellow classmates but, looking back, maybe the sight of a bunch of teenagers playing divorced middle aged men wouldn’t have been the best choice.  As time went on, I regularly picked up a copy of the play and re-read it, marvelling at Neil Simon’s balance of truth and humour in the lives of these oh-so relatable characters.

     In later years I happened to have brief encounters with two of the most famous actors to play the role of Oscar Madison.  I’ll start with the second event: back in 2003 I was in New York attending a Broadway play and at the intermission my friend and I decided to step out into the street to get some fresh air.  As the crowd milled about we noticed that just a few feet away was a fellow audience member and Broadway legend Nathan Lane.  I had been fortunate to see him a couple of years earlier in The Producers with Matthew Broderick.  My friend urged me to say “hello”, so we approached and politely interrupted his conversation to say how much I had enjoyed his performance.  He was very kind and when I asked what he missed most about appearing in The Producers he replied: “the people”.  We then left him to go back to his conversation.  Just two years later Lane and Broderick would reunite to star in a Broadway revival of The Odd Couple as Oscar and Felix, respectively.

That was a pretty cool moment but an earlier experience was even more memorable due to its randomness.  In the early 90s I had a part-time job promoting credit cards in various department stores in the Lower Mainland.  Yes, I was That Guy who approached unsuspecting shoppers to ask ”Would you like to sign up for a Bay Card?”.  One afternoon in 1993 I was stationed in the perfume section of the Bay in downtown Vancouver when I saw an older gentleman come down the escalator.  He wore a ball cap and looked slightly dishevelled and right away I knew who it was.  My brain flipped as I realized “Hey, it’s Jack Klugman!”.  I was gobsmacked to see TV’s Oscar Madison in the flesh and scrambled to think of what to say.  As he stepped off the escalator I approached and asked “Would you like to sign up for a Bay Card?”  (Smooth, Rob, really smooth…)  Appropriately confused, he looked at me for a second and then shook his head and started walking away.  I had blown my chance!  At that moment I geekily blurted out “It’s Mr. Madison!”.  He turned back to me, smiled and gave a friendly wave before heading off.  As it turns out, he and Tony Randall were in town filming an Odd Couple TV movie.

So there you go, my Tale of Two Oscars.  I am grateful to our director Cathy for the chance to play this iconic character and hope you enjoy watching the show as much as our company is in performing it.  Oddly enough (pun definitely intended), I recently realized that I had an encounter nearly twenty years ago with one of the original Broadway cast members of The Odd Couple and that this actor had signed a poster that hangs in my office.  For details about that tale, come to our show and approach me afterwards up in the lounge!  ?

Rob Stover aka Oscar Madison

 

Previews & Reviews

Big thanks to Julie MacLellan of the New West Record for this wonderful Preview.  Read all About it:

New Westminster actors star in Metro Theatre’s The Odd Couple


Thanks to the  Delta Optimist for this great interview with Director Catherine Morrison.

Metro Theatre director excited to give actors the gift of an audience again


big shout out to Cynthia Ramsay of  The Jewish Independent for this excellent article featuring  Adam Abrams who plays Roy in the show.

Jewish Independent Odd Couple On Now


Many  thanks to Monika of Entertainment Vancouver for coming out to the Director’s Talkback and posting this fantastic review of The ODD COUPLE.

Do yourself and favour and take time to see the Metro Theatre production of The Odd Couple


Huge thanks to David C Jones for this awesome YouTube interview with some of the cast for The ODD COUPLE.


Zoom Interview with David C Jones

THE STORY

The Odd Couple charts the story of a well-meaning friend “Oscar” who out of loneliness, good-will and a desire to comfort his friend “Felix” offers him a place to stay, in his NY apartment.

“Felix” has been dumped by his wife of 12 years and is distraught. “Oscar ” has separated from his wife a few months prior. What could be more obvious then they set up house-keeping together? What could go wrong? The answer is everything.
The only snag in this perfect plan is that one is a neat-freak and one is a slob. They drive each other to distraction with their completely opposite domestic habits.

     The push-pull as they jockey for control under the eyes of their four poker-playing friends forms the crux of the story. But what really brings the relationship crashing down is “Oscar’s ” insistence on arranging a double-date with two English sisters living in their apartment building -“Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon’ .

“Felix’s” discomfort on this date is blatant and hilarious. No idea how to flirt with women; or even how to talk to them, he is laughably inept. After date night has crashed and burned, it is all out war with some of the best comic lines ever written.