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Don’t Miss Fine Arts Guild Production Of The Odd Couple (Female Version)

The Odd Couple (the female version) will have you laughing out loud as Unger and Madison are at it again. Florence Unger and Olive Madison that is, in Neil Simon’s hilarious contemporary comic classic.

The Odd Couple will be presented by the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies this weekend, April 24 and 25 and May 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Park Village Playhouse.

A remake of Neil Simon’s long-running Broadway comedy, The Odd Couple centers around two divorced woman who live together, but can’t stand each other’s habits. Simon himself updated the script in the mid ’80s to an all female version in the Madison/Unger roles.

This contemporary classic starts with a group of women friends playing their regular game of Trivial Pursuit. This week, the group is meeting at the apartment of Olive Madison, a divorcee who freely admits to being a slob: “I leave a mess when I read a book.” Late to arrive is Florence Unger, a stickler for detail who would try the patience of a saint, and who has unfortunately just become separated from her husband. As life would have it, the slob and the fuss-budget decide to room together-with hilarious results!

Within days, Florence’s obsessive habits start taking their toll on Olive and their friends. The only remedy Olive can think of (a pair of brothers from Barcelona) disastrously backfires, and the two women are forced to agree on one thing-even the best of friends sometimes make the worst of roommates.

This play was produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and tickets are now on sale at Macdonald Book Shop in downtown Estes Park or call 970-586-3450. Advance tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for kids, at the door, tickets will be $14 for adults and $8 for kids.

A special event for ladies is being held on opening night, Friday April 24th, at the debut of the female version of the Odd Couple, Ladies Night! Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a pre-show cocktail party with a cash bar and free snacks! Been thinking about an old friend whom you haven’t seen all winter? Now’s a great time to give them a call and invite them to “Ladies Night Out” where you’ll see old friends and meet new ones! Shake off that little black dress, take time to catch up, mingle or just relax in the warm and inviting Park Village Playhouse atmosphere while listening to “ladies” theme music. Show starts at 7:30 and yes, men are welcome too! This is one show NOT to be missed.

The cast is comprised of newcomers and experienced actors alike:
(in order of appearance)
Sylvie-Bridget Rago
Mickey-Carmen Middleton
Renee-Annie Kidwell
Vera-Ellie Williams
Olive Madison-Lynne Nichols
Florence Unger-Christy Weeks
Manolo Costazuela-Don Stewart
Jesus Costazuela-William Rense* and Tom Oates**
*portrays the role April 24 & 25
**portrays the role May 1, 2, 3

Director, Deborah Baldwin, herself a newcomer to Estes Park shares, “It’s not often that a director has the great fortune to have such artistic freedom. I have had the privilege to work with such a talented cast. We have all rehearsed very diligently; I think our energies are going to pay off with a delightfully funny show. I’m lucky; I just sit at rehearsal and laugh and laugh.  How much better can one get it than that?”

Get your tickets today for this hilarious comedy that will have you laughing out loud!

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