Review: The Odd Couple
Retford Little Theatre’s latest production of The Odd Couple (female version) by Neil Simon is pacey, funny and slick, and I urge anyone who likes a laugh to go along and watch.
The plot and structure is the same as with the original 'Odd Couple' but the sexes have changed.
The play begins with the girls at Olive’s apartment, when Florence turns up after being thrown out by her husband.
After some not so subtle hints, they are all worried she might attempt suicide so Olive asks her to move in.
Whoops! Olive’s laid back attitude and Florence’s neurotic obsession with cleanliness are not a good recipe.
But it’s one that is very enjoyable to watch.
The RLT stage welcomed three new faces and along with five other regulars, this was a strong cast.
Sarah Woodwards as Olive is totally convincing. With her gritty New York accent and body language that oozed a chilled out attitude to life, this was a great performance.
Equally, the whiney, neurotic and obsessive Florence was played excellently by Lesley Harris. Her voice, mannerisms and hilarious facial expressions made her extremely annoying, which I must stress was the intention!
Together, I thought they were great to watch and showed their disastrous relationship perfectly.
The girls, played by Holly Gladwin, Keri Duffy, Sarah Mullins and Lizzie Brookes created some great scenes which really livened up the stage with delightful all round characterisation and delivery.
A highlight was Holly Gladwin’s energetic portrayal of Mickey, the off-duty cop.
When the Costazuela brothers enter the stage in Act Two, played brilliantly by Julian Roberts and Mark Thornton, we are treated to a wonderful and hilarious scene between the four.
Again, comic timing, both verbally and physically, was expertly done.
Hats off to first time producer at the RLT, Joan Young, who was behind the creation of all these comic moments and slick staging.
As always, the set was spot on as was the lighting and sound. I personally loved the sound effect of the New York City streets whenever anyone opened the window – a great touch and very realistic.
Altogether, a really successful RLT production on all counts. Go and see it, you won’t regret it!
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Our Next Production
by Graham Linehan
10th to 18th February 2017, 7:30pm
The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone
in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing. Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?.
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Members: 6:00-8:00pm 03/02/2017 and
10:00am-12:00 noon 04/02/2017
Non-Members: 6:00-8:00pm 06/02/2017
to 18/02/2017 (not Sundays)
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Play Reading for Casting the Drama:
The Thrill of Love
Monday 20th & Wednesday 22nd February, 7:30pm
Taking place in the theatre lounge, we welcome everyone that would like to read for a part in The Thrill of Love, a gripping drama by Amanda Whittington about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain.
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