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February 21, 2014

Area women bring 'The Odd Couple' to life

Kokomo Civic Theatre presents female version of iconic play.

It’s the early 1980s in New York City and Olive Madison invites the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit – instead of poker – and hilarity ensues.

That’s how Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple Female Version” opens up.

Kokomo Civic Theatre is bringing the play here next weekend.

Elizabeth Carter, who plays Olive, says it’s sure to entertain audiences all the way until the end.

In fact, when she first read the script, she found herself laughing uncontrollably until her fellow cast members told her to pull it together, she said.

The story centers on the easygoing Madison and her neat, neurotic friend, Florence Ungar, played by Jill Bond.

“Olive is a newscaster, but she’s a flop,” director Maggie Duncan said, with a laugh.

Ungar just recently separated from her husband, and she’s trying to figure out how to make it on her own.

“She’s learning to stand on her own two feet,” Duncan said.

The plotline revolves around Madison’s weekly Trivial Pursuit nights and takes place over a three-week period in the middle of summer.

Carter says it explores the issues women face and how women’s friendships grow stronger through the years.

Duncan said it’s sort of a coming-of-age tale.

There are two males in the play who portray Spanish brothers. Duncan said the actors are obviously not Spanish, so their portrayal should be funny.

Carter said everything about the play is humorous.

It’s a stark contrast to the civic theatre’s last production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

They’re swapping out the intense drama for a lighter tale that will keep people smiling.

“It’s the perfect show to come see if you’ve got a lot on your mind,” Carter said. “You’ll get wrapped up in these women’s lives, and you’ll just laugh.”

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