Odd Couple with a twist

Female version of the famous play performed in Mission. Opening Nite Theatre attracts crowds from around the valley including Abbotsford.

Camille Knight

Camille Knight

Divorce is no laughing matter, except in Neil Simon’s comedy The Odd Couple (the female version)  running April 27 through May 13 at Mission’s Opening Nite Theatre.

As in Simon’s original male version,  the audience can watch the two mismatched roommates – one a hopeless slob, the other an obsessive neat freak – attempt to survive three weeks together in a sweltering New York apartment, without driving each other crazy.

Olive Madison (Joy Roberts), herself divorced, asks her newly separated friend Florence Unger (Camille Knight) to move in for awhile, just until Florence gets her life sorted out. Their friendship begins to unravel and the same traits that broke up their original marriages resurface.

“I’m really drawn to Neil Simon’s slice-of-life approach to his plays,” explained director Kathy Yewell. “He’s able to see the humour in sad, even desperate situations, like the break-up of a marriage, and turn it into an entertaining story to which many of us can relate.”

The show runs April 27 through May 13 (on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.) at Opening Nite Theatre, 33223 N. Railway Avenue in Mission. Tickets are available at Murdoch’s BookShoppe (33078 First Ave. Mission) or at the door. For more information, email openingnitetheatre@hotmail.com