The Odd Couple

by  Neil Simon

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 2f

This classic comedy centers around uptight, neat Felix Ungar and easygoing, disheveled Oscar Madison as new roommates.

"His skill is not only great but constantly growing...There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious." - The New York Times

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The Odd Couple

by  Neil Simon

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple is born.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1965 Tony Award, Best Author of a Play
    Nominee! 1965 Tony Award, Best Play

Reviews

"His skill is not only great but constantly growing...There is scarcely a moment that is not hilarious." - The New York Times, Read More

"Fresh, richly hilarious and remarkably original. Wildly, irresistibly, incredibly and continuously funny." – The New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: An apartment on Riverside Drive in New York City
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 2f
OSCAR MADISON
FELIX UNGAR
GWENDOLYN PIGEON
CECILY PIGEON
SPEED
MURRAY
ROY
VINNIE
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Authors

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Coupl ...

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The Odd Couple was first presented on Broadway by Saint Subber at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City on March 10, 1965. It was directed by Mike Nichols.

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