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Press Release

BCP Theater & Events Center

Boquete, Chiriqui

Release Date: October 27, 2010


On the heels of the great success of the Broadway Revue produced at the BCP Theater & Events Center in Boquete, Chiriqui, the final play of BCP’s 2010 season is the smash hit The Odd Couple. This 1965 Broadway play by Neil Simon starred Art Carney and was a breakthrough role for newcomer Walter Matthau. The play was followed by a successful film starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and television series that starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Simon also made a version of the script for a pair of female roommates, named Florence Unger and Olive Madison, and called it The Female Odd Couple. It is this version that will come to the BCP stage on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 pm, Friday, November 19 at 2:00 pm and Saturday, November 20 at 7:00 pm. The cast consists of 8 rolls; Olive Madison (Donna O’Toole), Florence Unger (Marni Craig) and their four female friends Sylvie (Linda Sanchez), Mickey (Sandi Stephens), Renee (Erin Ross) and Vera (Agniya Verbeke) and their upstairs neighbors Manolo and Jesus Costazuela (Frank Lugo and Dave Ross, respectively) who are two Spanish brothers who speak very broken English.

The play has its origins in the work of Danny Simon (Neil Simon’s brother) who is also a writer, and was based on Danny’s real life experience with a friend when they each of their marriages dissolved. Danny always said he hated to write, but he had a lucrative career as a comedy writer for some of the best. Danny began writing The Odd Couple, but soon he handed the work to brother Neil to complete. The show, directed by Mike Nichols, ran for 966 performances and won several Tony Awards, including Best Play. The movie got two Oscar nominations. In the female version, Florence Unger is a newly separated housewife, domestic goddess and shopper (and was a bookkeeper before she married) who is invited to move in with her friend Olive Madison, an unkempt producer of a prime time television news show. Their girlfriends (among them a compulsive smoker…another is a policewoman) are a fun bunch, and the antics of the upstairs Spanish neighbors, complete
the cast of characters.

Director Donna O’Toole has an extensive background in the theater and with this play in particular, having played the role of Olive Madison in a three month run at a professional dinner theater in Ohio. Donna brings to the BCP stage over 25 years experience in community theater as a actress, director, producer, and in support roles as stage manager, set and costume designer, singer, dancer and various other positions. She has starred recently in “DOUBT” and directed last year’s “50’s SHOW” which featured over 40 performers and production crew.

Tickets go on sale on November 1st at Mail Boxes Etc. in downtown Boquete for $10, and will also be available at the Tuesday Market & Meeting at BCP every week. It’s sure to be a sell out so get your tickets early. Out of town audiences can purchase tickets by contacting marketingbcp@gmail.com.

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