The Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th July 7:30pm
Sunday 31st July 2:30pm
Directed by Gill Lambourn
The Odd Couple began life as a successful Broadway play; in 1965 this was followed by the wonderfully memorable film starring the incomparable Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. A highly popular spin off TV series starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman ran for five years and now Regis Players bring Neil Simon’s brilliant play to you. I’m confident "The Odd Couple" - Oscar the archetypal slob and Felix, his fanatically precise and tidy flatmate, along with their poker playing buddies and two attractive but naive English girls will be a terrific evening of quality humour from a gifted comic writer and a great cast. A real crowd pleaser and definitely one not to be missed.
The Regis Players
The Odd Couple
Reviewed by: Jose Harrison on Friday 29th July, 2016
Venue: Felpham Village Hall
Type of Production: Play
Director: Gill Lambourn
The set was extremely good, very cleverly set up in the round which worked very well for this particular production giving the principal couple and their various visitors plenty of space for the very varied activities. The considered lighting with two chandeliers made the entire apartment come to life, cleverly redressed for each scene, giving a clue to the personality of the different pair and the state of their lives. In the hands of two very accomplished players, Paul Taylor as Oscar and Patrick Hunter playing the part of Felix, Regis Players were on to a sure winner with this well written and well known Neil Simon play. They held their audience from start to finish with good timing and getting the most out of their parts. I could really believe how annoying Oscar was to his card playing buddies with his slap happy housekeeping and general uncouth behaviour. Agreeing to set up home with Felix who showed all the nuances of a pedantic man with lots of hang-ups, a strange view of relationships and being obsessively house proud was a disaster from the start. The episodes of funny incidents throughout the play were very well-rehearsed, and seemed to happen as a matter of course, they just flowed – which I liked, as there was no preparation for what was going to happen – it just happened – which made it all the more real and hilarious. They were well supported by the remaining gentlemen of the cast namely Jamie Potts - Speed, Trevor Roman - Murray, Paul Ramsey - Vinnie and David Bennett – Roy. They made up a very varied group sitting around the gambling table being convincing at all times. I loved the scenes with the sandwiches. The two ladies of the cast Deborah Addicott as Gwendolyn and Lizzie Emmerson as Cecily added another dimension with their interesting portrayals. They burst on to the stage in outrageous costumes and spent their time treating us to fabulous scenes of hysterical laughter or desperate depression. I have seldom laughed so openly at a production. It was a delight from start to finish.
National Operatic and Dramatic Association
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Patron: The Lord Lloyd Webber
THE ODD COUPLE RECEIVES A NODA AWARD
Runner Up Councilors' Award for Drama for the SE Region
SE Regional Controller Kay Rowan presents the Award to Gill Lambourn,
Director of The Odd Couple.
The Regis Players Chairman Elaine Green with Gill
Elaine with our wonderful supportive District 9 NODA Representative Jose Harrison