Odd Couple – Female Version

By Sherry Guess /Staff Writer

The debut performance of the “Odd Couple – Female Version last Friday evening opened to a packed house at the Bay View Club, promptly at 7 p.m.

The first scene introduced us to the Odd Couple, Olive and Florence. This classic depicts the hilarious differences between their personalities, their outlook on life and their remarkable ability to accept each other in spite of their differences.

Olive, played by Sharon Luxon was a laid back, fun loving woman with a slipshod attitude toward housekeeping, preferring to entertain and engage her friends, open to anything life throws her way.

Jackie Berbusse played Florence, coming into the scene with a tragic yet hysterically funny story of betrayal and rejection from her husband of many years. All the friends who were on the scene playing Trivial Pursuits were comfortable with and well known to both Florence and Olive.

Rose Owen played Vera, who was likable and naive, Janice Thompson, playing Sylvie, called ‘em as she saw ‘em, mincing no words on any subject, including her own personal problems in the boudoir!

Cindy Ritchie was Mickey, a policewoman, who was wearing the pants in her family and they fit quite well, while Linda Tangen as Renee debuted with the theater group and played her part well.

The camaraderie of the group came through and we women could all relate to the feminine banter, enjoying the way they tried to rally around their friend in need. I could see that the men liked getting an inside look at the dynamics of feminine friendships, too.

Olive’s big idea to let loose and have some fun led to the invitation of the Spaniard brothers, Manolo and Jesus, who lived in the building, for an evening including dinner at the girl’s apartment.

Enter Dan Feuer as Manolo and David McBee as Jesus, dressed up in their most attractive suits to court the roommates, including a very reluctant Florence.

If you haven’t yet seen this play, I’m not spoiling it by giving away too many details. Let’s just say that the men performed well above our expectations and kept us all in stitches throughout the rest of the night.

This coming Friday and Saturday evening, you can catch this outstanding comedy at the Bay View, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Library, or pay $15 per ticket at the door. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25.

Our Towne Productions did an admirable job of producing and performing this classic play with a feminine touch, Thanks Sharon and Jackie for your time and talent. Fairfield Bay has been blessed yet again.

Net proceeds from the play benefit the Fairfield Bay Library. Be a double winner. Have a good time at the play and support our privately funded Library.

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