The Gloucester County College Theater Department will deliver laughs and feel-good vibes as it performs both the male and female versions of "The Odd Couple" beginning Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Known for its dialogue-driven humor, Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" tells the story of Felix Unger, a neurotic news writer, amidst a failing marriage. Thrown out by his wife, he is forced to room with Oscar Madison, a spendthrift sportswriter with a gambling problem. The dysfunctional dynamic of the duo unfolds over a series of poker nights with friends.
The College is also producing the women's version. This rendition features Florence Unger, Olive Madison and company as well as games of Trivial Pursuit. Although she means well, Florence is uptight and hypercritical. Olive, the opposite, is laidback to a fault.
This spring's performance marks a special occasion as GCC Theater Director Rose Gruber celebrates her silver anniversary. A well-respected thespian, she has brought her unique vision to more than a dozen plays including the region's first performance of "Avenue Q," "Hairspray" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
To commemorate the date, Gruber decided to return to "The Odd Couple" — the very first play she fashioned at the College.
Regaling the men's tale are Jamie Planamente (Felix Unger), Ed Corbett (Oscar Madison), Kyle Glenn (Speed), Tarieque Hairston (Murray the Cop), Joseph Britz (Roy), Jerrel L. Clarke (Vinnie), Lexa Tatulli (Cecily Pigeon) and Tori Tatulli (Vera, Gwendolyn Pigeon).
Leading the ladies' show are Kaitlyn Tobin (Florence Unger), Mandy DiPietro (Olive Madison), Brianne Bujalski (Sylvie), Juell Britt (Mickey the Cop), Beatrice Alonna Hemmings (Renée), Sidney Manfred Maycock III (Manolo Costazuela) and Rocco Barbera (Jesus Costazuela).
All shows will take place in the GCC Fine Arts Center and additional performances are scheduled for March 28-29 and April 3-5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 if purchased in advanced and $10 at the door. For more information or to order tickets, call 856-415-2139.
Gloucester County College's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.