Written by Neil Simon, directed by Matthew Lloyd
10th December to 15th January
The Liverpool Playhouse
If you haven't already done so then get yourself along to see The Odd
Couple at the Liverpool Playhouse. I was not disappointed. The directors
have got the New York, somewhat dodgy male divorcee along with the 1960s
high-rise apartment down to a T. Not only this but it is funny. I couldn't
help laughing throughout the performance. Felix's puritanical feelings
of desperation, feelings of rejection and despair amidst his agonising
process of divorce contrast vividly with Oscar's seemingly 'comfortable'
and established divorced routine, along with his regular male gatherings
of poker players, beer cans and untidy apartment.
However, once Oscar takes pity on Felix and allows him to stay with him
we can only begin to wonder how this situation will unravel their true
What we end up with is an honest account of what it is like to actually
live with a person under the same roof over a lengthy period of time,
proving that marriage is not the issue here but more the grim consequences
of being too near to someone too often, something that both genders can
The play focuses on this conflict of personality while also celebrating
the act of 'moving on'. We wonder if Felix will ever overcome his love
for 'ex-wife' Francis and will Oscar ever 'settle down'. However, the
play proves that not all is at it seems and conjures up some maybe not
so surprising conclusions.
Well worth seeing!