"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, December 24, 2012
THE ODD COUPLE
Theatre Workshop at the Old Court
Christmas treat from CTW, James Christie and his comically gifted
Odd Couple has had a long and successful career on stage and screen –
now it is becoming a period piece, and the 60s setting was nicely
observed in this production, especially perhaps in the appearance of
the English girls from upstairs, played with a nice sense of style,
and effervescent enthusiasm, by Naomi Phillips and Vikki Pead.
Riverside Drive apartment was convincingly recreated too, with a nice
pair of louvred doors for the offstage kitchen.
action revolves around a poker school, and there were some lovely
characterizations here, notably Jesse Powis's cop, and Barry Taylor's
dyspeptic Speed. Though there was impetus a-plenty in their
exchanges, we did sometimes long for more rapport, a pacier overlap
two writers of the title – fastidious Felix and "divorced,
drunk and slobby" Oscar were played by Kevin Stemp and Dave
Hawkes. Possibly the best double act to grace this stage, they both
inhabited their roles with total conviction – Oscar the
wisecracking kidult in his baseball cap and sneakers, Felix fragile
in his pain, awkward with the Pigeon girls, humming along to Mozart
as he dishes up.
music, too, was well used; a whole ballet "Too Good to be True"
developed for the big sulk that opens the final scene.