|The City Theatre Company
|3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722 512-524-2870 firstname.lastname@example.org
|The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
|ABOUT THE SHOW
|Laughter reigns supreme as The City Theatre Company presents
Neil Simon’s classic hit comedy March 7 - 30.
If Broadway ever erects a monument to the patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon would have
to be it. The City Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the March performance of his
iconic American comedy The Odd Couple. The production features two CTC favorites Rick
Smith and Scot Friedman as Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar. Guest director Karen Sneed
is set to direct Simon’s comedy about a slovenly, cigar-smoking sportswriter and a
depressed, neurotic clean-freak, who try to live together after their wives have dumped
them. Show dates are March 7 – 30 at City Theatre.
WINNER! 1965 Tony Award, Best Author of a Play
“Scarcely a moment that is not hilarious.” - New York Times
“Fresh, richly hilarious and remarkably original.” - New York Daily News
Neil Simon's witty dialogue, vibrant characters, timely themes and funny
one-liners have made him one of the most produced playwrights of the
twentieth century and a true legend of American stage comedy.
The Odd Couple is one of his funniest and most popular plays. The
iconic characters of Oscar the slob and Felix the neat freak have
become mainstays of popular culture; more surprisingly, its touching
insights about friendship remain equally moving, nearly 50 years after
it was first written. The play centers on two mismatched roommates.
When recently failed marriages force slovenly Oscar and fastidious Felix
to share an apartment, their relationship begins to resemble the patterns
of their own disastrous lives. The couple must determine whether their differences are
irreconcilable. As the audience enjoys the non-stop hilarity, Oscar and Felix realize, along
with good friends and new loves, they are both better people as a result of their friendship.
The movies and television might consider Neil Simon a patron saint as well. He has had
more plays adapted to film than any other playwright. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he
would turn out hit after hit for the stage and screen – The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity,
Barefoot in the Park, The Goodbye Girl, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue – all
establishing his place in the entertainment industry. He has been showered with more
Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer, and he is the only playwright to have
four Broadway productions running simultaneously. Now, not only getting the laughs, he is
still getting the awards, winning four Tony Awards, two Emmys, a Screen Writers Guild
Award and a Pulitzer Prize.He has written over thirty plays and holds the record for the
greatest number of hits in the American theater. Perhaps his true success, however, is in
his unique way of exposing something real in the American spirit. Neil Simon has for almost
50 years invigorated the stage with the ability to create humor from the lives of everyday
people. From the beginning, he shows us – between, in, and around the funny lines – the
identity we have with all of his touching stories and unforgettable characters. Of Simon,
actor Jack Lemmon said, “Neil has the ability to write characters — that we’re supposed to
root for — that are absolutely flawed. They have foibles. They have faults. But, they are
Karen Sneed directs the production for City Theatre
where she last directed Medea, The Imaginary Invalid
and the critically-honored Twelve Angry Men. The
production features the return of two favorite CTC
actors. Rick Smith (Oscar) was recently seen in
Twelve Angry Men and Moon Over Buffalo at City
Theatre working also with the Georgetown Palace
Theatre and Austin Shakespeare. Scot Friedman
(Felix) last appeared at City Theatre in Moon Over
Buffalo, for which he received a B. Iden Payne
nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy. Other CTC notables include lead
roles in How theOther Half Loves and Inherit the Wind. The show also features Lance
Barnett, Tony Salinas, Ian Prikryl, Brian Miller, Jordan Sanderson and Kate Clark.
SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
THE ODD COUPLE
March 7 - 30. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 5:30 p.m.
Opening night Kick-Off Party March 7 following the show.
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78722 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ St.
General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $25.
Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available.
Reservations 512-524-2870 or email@example.com