|By Mary C. Cusack|
Lively actors can’t hide the fact that ‘Odd Couple’ is quaint and antiquated
Starlight Dinner Theatre’s production of Neil Simon’s
The major shortcomings can be attributed to the script.
Unfortunately, what was cutting-edge social commentary in the 1960s is now simply quaint and antiquated.
Furthermore, the nostalgia value is lessened by the
There are still a few chuckles left in Simon’s script,
It is a daunting task to take on such iconic roles as
The easier task goes to the slob Oscar, who has the benefit of playing for the broad laughs. Jack Dowd is a natural pick for the role and delivers a solid performance.
It is interesting that Dowd warms up to the role after
Oscar is definitely the better half of this couple, which makes the role of Felix (Chris Klaver) the more difficult one. The Felix of the play is not the Felix most people remember from the television series. This Felix is much more of an intolerable, needy, fussbudget hypochondriac.
The challenge is to make him the least bit relatable so
The most brilliant performances belong to Ruppert and Dill, the Pigeon sisters. They command the stage with their bright costumes, charming Cockney accents and sunny personalities.
Ruppert and Dill have the luxury of having the best dialogue, rife with double-entendres, which they play to the hilt.
Director Linda Granger continues the Starlight tradition
Bill Woodland’s set, Jim Lorenz’s lighting, and the
‘The Odd Couple’
Through Oct. 22
Starlight Dinner Theatre
Waverly East Middle School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing
Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., with the
$15 for show only