The Odd Couple BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    October 27, 2005
    Closing:
    June 4, 2006

    Theater: Brooks Atkinson / 256 West 47th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Neil Simon’s classic comedy offers a hilarious tale of ordinary men who are extraordinarily irreconcilable. Oscar Madison, the carefree slob and Felix Unger, the neurotic neat freak battle as middle-aged roommates. When Felix’s wife kicks him out, his recently divorced best friend, Oscar, opens his home to take him in. Reality sets in when Felix’s "Mary Poppins" lifestyle destroys the laid-back vibe of Oscar’s ultimate bachelor pad. This story of a friendship that defies all odds won several Tony Awards.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Odd Couple

    Misery Loves a Roommate

    Ben Brantley

    October 28, 2005: Odd is not the word for this couple. How could an adjective suggesting strangeness or surprise apply to a production so calculatedly devoted to the known, the cozy, the conventional? Consider the basic ingredients of the bland, mechanical new revival of Neil Simon's "Odd Couple," starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, at the Brooks Atkinson Theater: a play that may be the most famous American comedy of the last 50 years, thanks largely to its reincarnation as a television series that flickers on forever in the twilight of syndication; and two actors perceived as being to Broadway what Redford and Newman once were to Hollywood - chemistry-igniting buddies whose pairing automatically spells box office.

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