The Emergent Arts Theatre Company (2009's The Mousetrap and 2011's Arsenic and Old Lace, both at The Arthur Miller Theatre, and Waiting For Godot at Riverside Arts Center) presents Neil Simon's legendary comedy THE ODD COUPLE on May 24 through 27 at the Arthur Miller Theatre in The Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin, on the North Campus of the University Of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Shows are at 8 pm Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25, then at 2 pm and 8 pm on Saturday May 26, and at 2pm on Sunday May 27. Tickets are $20 General Admission, $16 Seniors and Students with ID. Discount tickets to the special Preview Night performance on Wednesday May 23 are $10 each, available at www.emergentarts.com .
The comedy for which Neil Simon is perhaps best known, THE ODD COUPLE is a time capsule from a more innocent time, when America was on the verge of adulthood. The old ways were being trashed, families being redefined; even men were made to "discover themselves". In the middle of these topsy-turvy times, two former family men, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, discover each other. The ensuing train crash of personalities becomes a perfectly damaged vehicle for the comic exploration of everything from suicide to the proper way to prepare a London broil. And the poker buddy scenes are still some of the funniest card scenes you will ever see on stage. This is the play that spawned a TV series, a movie that Rotten Tomatoes still gives a 100% rating, and a phrase/title that has permeated the language and culture right up until the present.
The Emergent Arts production will feature popular local award winning actors Jon Elliott as Oscar Madison, and Steve Elliott (no relation) as Felix Ungar. Directed by Tim Henning.
The Arthur Miller Theatre in The Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Tickets can also be reserved by phone at (734) 985-0875, to make pay-at-the-door reservations. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before the show. Pay-at-the-door is by cash or check only.