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The Odd Couple (female version)

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by Aunty Joy (subscribe)
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Neil Simon's beloved classic comedy returns
The Odd Couple
Florence and Olive, the ill-matched housemates. Photo credit: Will Perez Ronderos

Following the sellout success of Lind Lane Theatre's The Diary of Anne Frank, the Nambour-based group is offering something quite different.

The Odd Couple by Neil Simon needs no introduction to most readers. The original version dates back to 1965 and it's a testament to Simon's enduring appeal as a comedy writer that it continues to be regularly performed. Spinoffs included a movie and a TV series.

In 1985, Simon adapted the play for female leads, and Oscar and Felix became Olive and Florence. The weekly poker game became the then-popular Trivial Pursuit.

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Trivial Pursuit night at Olive's apartment. Photo credit: Will Perez Ronderos

The Lind is reviving this female version, to take advantage of the excellent female talent in the Sunshine Coast theatre scene.

The Lind has made the decision to set the play in the era in which it was written, so audiences can expect to experience some fun 1980s visuals.

In the play, Olive and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive's messy and ill-equipped apartment. As the game continues, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. However, Olive and Florence have very different personalities. Where Olive is messy, untidy, and unconcerned about the state of her apartment, Florence is obsessively clean, tidy, and obsessed with hygiene.

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Florence is dubious. Or possibly discgusted! Photo credit: Will Perez Ronderos

Olive's easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence's highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers, their differences come to a head and sparks fly.

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The Costazuela brothers are here to sweep the ladies off their feet. Photo credit: Will Perez Ronderos

The Odd Couple female version is being presented by The Lind Theatre Mitchell Street, Nambour on July 12,13,17, 19, 20 @ 7.30 evenings and matinees on 14, 20 @ 2pm.

Book tickets online for allocated seating at or enquiries on 1300 732 764.
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Why? Classic comedy on the Sunshine Coast
When: 12 - 20 July
Phone: 1300 732 764
Where: Lind Theatre, 16 Mitchell Street, Nambour, 4560
Cost: $20 - $25
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