The Odd Couple

Directed By:Trevor Dhu – http://www.ita.org.au/page/2/?s=Trevor+Dhu

Audition Date: Saturday 10th April 2pm to 4pm

Production Dates:    4/6/2021 – 19/6/2021

Where: Old Mill Theatre, Cnr Mends St & Mill Pt Rd, South Perth

Rehearsals: 3 times a week, usually Mondays, Wednesday and Sundays..

To book an audition time please contact:
                Trevor Dhu
                Email:  trevordhutae@gmail.com
                M:          0409 373 374

Female parts require an English accent and Male parts require an American accent.


Synopsis:  Neil Simon’s classic comedy 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 apartment is smoke-filled, and the only thing Oscar can offer his guests is warm Coke and mouldy sandwiches.  The last to arrive is Felix Ungar; 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.  Poker nights are no longer evenings of smoke, grubbiness, and blokey behaviour; instead, the guys are waited on hand and foot by Felix.  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 clean freak and the slob come to blows, and the ultimate “Odd Couple” go their separate ways.


Characters

Oscar Madison

Stage age mid 30s – 40s

Oscar Madison, a carefree, good-natured, divorced sportswriter who lives alone in a messy eight room New York apartment.  He is completely oblivious to dirt, clutter, and the overdue child-support payments about which his wife telephones weekly.

Felix Ungar

Stage age mids 30s – 40s

Felix Ungar, a fussy man who knows that he is difficult to live with but cannot – or will note – make any concessions or compromises.  His wife, unwilling to continue their marriage, asks him to leave the family despite his suicide threat, and he then moves in with Oscar.  Made comical by his exaggerated behaviour.

Gwendolyn Pigeon and Cecily Pigeon

Stage age mid 30s – 40s

Cecily Pigeon, English sisters who live in the apartment building.  Attractive, intellectually lightweight, and somewhat flirtatious.  They speak blithely of their divorces.

Murray

Stage age mid 40s – 60s

Murray, an atypical New York policeman, a good-natured clod who will never become a detective.  He is one of the weekly poker players.

Roy

Stage age mid 40s – 50s

Roy, Oscar’s accountant.  Somewhat critical of Oscar’s behaviour, Roy routinely loans him money to “stay in the game”.  He is another of the weekly poker players.

Vinnie

Stage age mid 30s – 50s

Vinnie, a cheapskate who goes to Florida in midsummer to take advantage of low rates and who leaves the poker game when he is ahead.

Speed

Stage age mid 30s – 40s

Speed, a man of simple tastes who enjoys the male camaraderie of the weekly poker sessions.  He is disgusted when Felix turns their poker nights in “tea parties”.