“The Odd Couple” Impresses Audiences

Jamie Riley

On Wednesday, May 19 the Advanced Drama Miramonte Players showcased their comedic skills with their interpretation of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple.  The Players continued their performances on Thursday and Friday under the direction of drama teacher Heather Cousins.

In this classic comedy, Simon tells the story of Florence, who has recently broken up with her husband.  She resolves to live with her friend Olive.  Ironically, the two are complete opposites, with Florence being neat, tidy and at times a bit neurotic, while Olive is disorganized, messy and free-spirited.  This leads to conflict, and of course ridiculous but hilarious confrontations.

An interesting twist was added to this production.  The first act is performed by girls, with junior Maddie Fischer playing Florence, and senior Torie Laher playing Olive.  In the second act, the show is performed by boys, where Florence is now Felix and Olive becomes Oliver.  The girls and boys share the same personalities, the only difference being there are new actors in the second act, with senior Eric Severson taking the role of Felix and senior James Dawson playing Oliver.

“With the boy-girl transition, the audience gets one story but in two universes,” said Fischer. “This twist was so cool because it added another layer to the show.”
Unlike past productions, this year the Players have taken on a modern show.

“The play is different than past Miramonte shows because it was the only comedy that we have done written in a contemporary, 20th century style,” said Dawson. “All the other shows have been dramas or were very old, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The male and female versions were written 20 years apart from each other, with the male version written in the 1960s, and the female version following in the 1980s.
“Since the versions were written in different times, we made a compromise, setting the play in 1979,” said Fischer.

The Miramonte Players hope the play provided an enjoyable and entertaining evening for students.  They appreciate the support they recieved from their peers, and hope it continues in future productions.

“What makes these shows so fun is that we have an audience of our peers,” said Laher. “It totally makes the energy great and everyone in our class loves that.”
One reason for the triumph of this show is the talent and ability showcased by these young actors.

“Our drama class is filled with such great comedic actors and great tech people,” said Laher. “The Odd Couple challenged all of us and fit us in the right way.”
Looking back on the play, the Miramonte Players are proud to say that the show was a success.

“This is one of the funniest and most famous plays of the 20th century,” said Severson. “All those who came to see it were not disappointed.”

Students should keep their ears open for news about the next drama production.  As the actors have shown every year, the Miramonte Players will continue to grow in their abilities in their next production, perfecting their craft and producing lots of laughs in the process.