Clackamas Repertory Theatre’s
2012 Season Opener ‘The Odd Couple’
Clackamas Repertory Theatre opens its eighth season Friday, June 29, with Neil
Simon’s classic comedy “The Odd Couple.”
production features two Portland favorites Tim True and Michael O’Connell as
Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar. CRT artistic director David Smith-English
directs Simon’s hysterical comedy about a slovenly, cigar-smoking sportswriter
and a depressed, neurotic clean-freak, who try to live together after their
wives have dumped them.
While Neil Simon
is the world's most prolific and successful playwright, it was his older
brother Danny, also a writer for TV comedy, who provided the inspiration for his
brother’s most enduring hit. After divorcing, Danny moved in with another divorced
man and this situation became the set-up for “The Odd Couple.” Though Danny had
begun writing the story himself, he reached a block and eventually handed it
off to his brother who soon made it a Broadway smash, starring Walter Matthau
and Art Carney.
Paramount bought the rights to the original play, Simon's agent talked him into
selling the entire rights to the play for $10,000. Simon has not seen a penny
of royalties or residuals from his most produced play, the popular film or television
show. Soon after the deal was made, Simon fired his agent.
The CRT’s Odd
Couple also features CRT favorites Ernie Casciato, Annie Rimmer and Jayne
Stevens. “The Odd Couple” runs through July 22. CRT continues its season in
August with “Cabaret” and concludes with a new comedy “End Days” in late
take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at
2:30 p.m. Sunday. All performances are in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas
Community College. Season tickets and single tickets may be purchased at www.clackamasrep.org or by calling
information, contact CRT managing director Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915.