Back in the 1960s, Neil Simon took a pretty simple premise and spun it into comic gold. What if, Simon surmised, a neat-freak moved in with a slob?
The result was The Odd Couple – a perfect pairing of mismatched males, including the fusspot Felix Unger and the acerbic sportswriter Oscar Madison. The play led to a movie (starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau) then a TV series (with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman). And this week, the Arts Club Theatre is launching its version of the Tony Award-winning (in 1965) comedy.
In this Odd Couple, Robert Moloney plays Felix, described on the Arts Club website as a “neurotic, neat-freak news writer,” and Andrew McNee is Oscar. The supporting cast includes Sasa Brown, Cavan Cunningham, Kate Dion-Richard, Josh Drebit, Alec Willows, Joel Wirkkunen. John Murphy directs.
In a recent interview in the Vancouver Sun, Moloney – who won a Jessie Award for a supporting role in an Arts Club production of Clybourne Park last year – said of the play, “It’s just extremely well written. It’s incredibly funny and it still holds up today.”
The Odd Couple is on at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St.) from Jan. 28 until Feb. 23. For tickets visit the Arts Club website.