Milton Players’ offering this month is the Odd Couple by Neil Simon. It’s a play that follows an “opposites attract” story. Felix Ungar is described as an uptight ‘neat-freak,’ and when he divorces his wife he moves in with his best friend Oscar Madison described as messy, and more relaxed.
The play is the Directorial debut from Kristoffer Brown. Brown returns to theatre after a 20 year absence, and this is his first time directing. “My approach to this play has been to look at the things that make me laugh and try and pull that from the Milton Players Present by Laura Steiner actors,” he explained. He has been acting with the Milton Players since 2014.
He believes the characters’ friendship in spite of their flaws will appeal to the audience. “I hope that the audience sees some of themselves in the two characters. Oscar and Felix have qualities and flaws that we all have. They are there to help each other and they get on each other’s nerves. At the end of the day, though, they are still friends,” Brown said.
The Odd Couple has been performed on-stage for five decades. It premiered on Broadway in 1965. Since then, it’s had revivals all over the world, two television shows, and an all-female adaptation. “Most importantly, people should come and see the Odd Couple because the work my cast and crew have put into the show is mind-blowing.”
The Odd Couple stars Mark Davies as Oscar, and Tyler Bignell as Felix. It runs May 4-6, and May 10-12 at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. For more information visit their website: www.miltonplayers.com