Clackamas Repertory Theatre opens its eighth season Friday, June 29, with Neil Simon’s classic comedy “The Odd Couple.”
The CRT 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.
Ironically, when 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 September.
CRT performances 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 503-594-6047.
For more information, contact CRT managing director Cyndy Smith-English at 503-594-3915.