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APSU to Host Female Version of Famed Neil Simon Play

8/9/2011

           CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The story of the two female friends might sound a little familiar. After 14 years of marriage, the obsessive-compulsive Florence leaves her husband and moves in with her laid-back, cleanliness-challenged friend Olive. It isn’t the ideal matching of personalities.

            If you’re having a little difficulty wondering where you’ve heard this story before, just change the names of Florence and Olive to Felix and Oscar, from Neil Simon’s 1965 Broadway hit, “The Odd Couple.” The play went on to become a film and a popular 1970s television show.

            In 1985, Simon put a feminist twist on his play by turning the two main characters into women. This inventive adaptation is coming to Austin Peay State University this week, as the summer performance for the APSU Area of Theater and Dance and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts.

            “The Odd Couple (female version),” directed by APSU associate professor Darren Michael, begins at 7:30 p.m., on Aug. 11-13, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, in the APSU Trahern Theater. Tickets are $5.

            For reservations or more information, please call the box office at (931)-221-7379.