Female Odd Couple in Redland City
UPDATE: Following a successful opening weekend, this Saturday night’s performance on 10 June of The Odd Couple: the female version is now sold-out. Three performances are still available.
MATES Theatre Genesis (MTG), Queensland, is bringing a very famous comedy about a mismatched pair to Redland City during June 2017.
The Odd Coupleis one of playwright Neil Simon’s contemporary classics. His characters, Unger and Madison are known by generations of television viewers and theatre patrons.
In The Odd Couple: the female version you enter the lives of Olive Madison and Florence Unger; their four friends - who gather in their apartment for regular evenings of trivial pursuit; and the Spanish, Costazuela brothers who are brandishing typical charm, wit and style.
This is a famous comedy about a mismatched pair; the roles are reversed but the hilarity remains the same.
Bookings will be essential when this comedy favourite opens from June 2; tickets are on sale for just $20 per person and MTG encourages patrons to book theirs through our website, where you can select your seats and prepay.
Appearing in their first MTG production, Tracy Wilson and Elizabeth Ross play the female version of Neil Simon’s famous mismatched pair, Unger and Madison.
Tracy plays the character Olive Madison – intelligent and wise-cracking, but relentlessly sloppy and careless in her personal life.
Elizabeth’s character Florence Unger is the counterpart to the famous Felix. Having just broken up with her husband, Florence badly needs to cut loose and take a risk. Pathologically organised and neat Florence is the complete antithesis of Olive.
Elizabeth is an experienced actor, singer, writer and musician who is enjoying the change of pace being offered in her character, “playing the up-tight, clean freak is a lovely change” says Elizabeth. When she is not trying to save the world from dirt, Elizabeth performs as one half of the musical duo Gollagahar Ross with fellow musical Trevor Gollagahar.
The Odd Couple: the female versionis set in Olive’s New York City apartment, where Olive and Florence’s four friends meet for regular evenings of trivial pursuit. The supporting cast is led by Ann Leung, who plays the role of Mickey a New York City police officer. Mickey is down to earth character who craves order and structure.
Ann’s favourite line sums up her character and has special resonance with her - “My mind too logical. I can’t ask a question ‘til someone gives me a category” – “this line gives so much insight into Mickey’s need for order and structure, and demonstrates how we place limitations on ourselves by setting boundaries around what we are capable of”, said Ann
“I am gradually learning to bust through the boundaries I have set for myself”, continued Ann who is appearing in her second MTG production – which is also her second time on stage. Ann appeared in most recent production Australia Day, and is a singer-songwriter who recorded her first album dreams of a wildgoose in 2015.
This year marks the thirty-second anniversary since The Odd Couple: the female version first opened on Broadway on June 11, 1985 in the Broadhurst Theatre. Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno were the original leads and the production ran for 295 performances, closing on February 23, 1986.
MTG’s production opens on June 2 for just six performances! Early bookings will be essential if you want to catch this comedy favourite when it comes to the Birkdale School of Arts Hall. Tickets are just $20 per person and can be purchased online, where patrons are able to select their preferred table & seat and prepay.
Image: Tracy Wilson (left) is Olive Madison and Elizabeth Ross is Florence Unger.
Performances: Friday 2ND, 9TH & 16TH June, and Saturday, 3RD, 10TH (SOLD-OUT!!!) & 17TH June, 2017
Where: Birkdale School of Arts Hall, 101 Birkdale Road, Birkdale.
Time: Doors Open – 7pm; Show Starts – 7.45pmTickets: $20
Contact: Online: www.matestg.org.au
Telephone: MTG Booking Line – 0416 836 196