2010-12-03 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

RTC Brings A Touch Of Hilarity To The Holiday Season!

A Wave Review

The Rockaway Theatre Company is set to open its final offering of the 2010 season tonight and the season will blow out on a gale of laughter. Over the next three weekends you will want to take a break from holiday shopping and celebrations and make your way up to the Post Theater at Fort Tilden or you will miss your chance to witness The Odd Couple, one of the funniest plays created by the comic genius of Neil Simon.

The story centers on a pair (hence the “couple”) of very different (hence the “odd”) heroes. Beginning with its Broad way debut in 1965, a long line of great comic actors have portrayed the boorish slob, Oscar Madison, and the obsessive neat-freak, Felix Unger, commencing with Walter Matthau and Art Carney. Most familiar of these are probably Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, who starred in the movie version, and Jack Klugman and Tony Randall for their brilliant portrayals in the T.V. version.

Directors Peggy Page and Michael Wotypka had their work cut out for them in finding two actors to assume such iconic shoes, but they have found the perfect team in RTC veteran actors Bernie Bosio and David Risley. Both actors have been with the RTC for many years. During this, the 2010 season, Bosio (Oscar) was last seen as the charming Cuban ambassador, Senor Sanchez, in Cactus Flower, while Risley (Felix) played the cross-dressing slave, Hysterium, in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Together these two real-life old buddies will bring a magical combination of “pig and prude” to the stage and tears of hysteria to the eyes of audience members. Providing some glamour in the production are Susan Corning and Kim Simek as the lovely Pigeon Sisters. Rounding out a most excellent cast of characters are Felix and Oscar’s card player cronies played by seasoned actors – Joe Canizio, Frank Freeman, Jose Velez and, making his stage debut in the role of Vinnie, Wave columnist, Norm Scott.

As usual, master craftsman Tony Homsey has worked set magic in his recreation of Oscar’s slovenly Riverside Drive apartment. Costumes and props are impeccable and bring us back to New York City as it was in 1965. The chemistry and timing among the members of this incredible ensemble are truly amazing. All this culminates in an evening of sidesplitting laughs that should not be missed. The Odd Couple will run on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. for the next three weekends. Add some extra cheer to your holidays by calling 718-374-6400 and making your reservations now.

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