Fri., June 15, 8 p.m., Sat., June 16, 8 p.m., Sun., June 17, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., Wed., June 20, 7:30 p.m., Thu., June 21, 7:30 p.m., Fri., June 22, 8 p.m., Sat., June 23, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 24, 2:30 p.m. 2012
In 1985, playwright Neil Simon turned his male-centered 1965 Broadway play The Odd Couple into a female-friendly update. Now in production at Theatre Charlotte, this version finds two mismatched female roommates — an uptight neat-freak and a disorganized, easygoing mess — hosting a shindig at their home. The narrative is mostly the same as the original, with the exception of the characters' names (Felix and Oscar become Florence and Olive) and minor gaming adjustments (Trivial Pursuit replaces poker). Oh yes, and the macho, testosterone-fueled argument of the original is transformed into a shrill cat fight. The message, however, remains the same: maybe it's better to live alone.