The Odd Couple is coming to town

Submitted Photo Actors in “The Odd Couple” practicing for the performance.

Mouse River Players will hit the stage tonight for the first time this year with their newest production, Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple, Female Version.”

The play will run today and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and then on Sunday at 2 p.m. It will be performed Jan. 12-14 with Friday and Saturday curtain times at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

“The Odd Couple” is about two friends who have recently been separated from their spouses and decide to move in together. It quickly becomes clear that they are the last two people on earth who should ever live together. The play is the same as the popular 1965 version written by Neil Simon, but it has a twist. Instead of the mismatched pair being an Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, they are now known as Olive Madison and Florence Unger.

When asked why this specific play and version was chosen, director Corie McDaniel said, “This play was chosen because it is well known, but being the female version gives us a fresh spin on the original story. I specifically wanted to do the female version because I wanted to celebrate the incredible amount of female talent in this city.”

Instead of opening with a poker party like in the original play, Olive Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. Instead of the Pidgeon sisters, there is the Constanzuela brothers. Though the gender has been changed, the hilarity remains the same.

With an ensemble style cast, the play is made up of veteran actors who many have seen on stage many times, such as Kena Davidson and Peg Morris, but will be showing some fresh faces too.

“This is a family friendly play, but some jokes may go over a young child’s head,” McDaniel said.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors who are 60 or older, students 13 through college, and military, and $10 for children 12 and under.

“The Odd Couple” will be one of the final three plays in the 2017-18 season.