By Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer
Northborough/Southborough – Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) thespians will be presenting Neil Simon's “The Odd Couple,” a comedy in three acts, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. each night.
The show, which made its premiere on Broadway in 1965, was revived in a 1968 film as well as a 1970s television series. The plot revolves around two mismatched roommates: the fastidious, insufferably uptight and incredibly neat photographer, Felix Ungar, and the disheveled, easygoing and incredibly messy sportswriter, Oscar Madison.
More than 40 students auditioned for the performance which is being produced and directed by teacher Maura Morrison. Currently in her 27th year at ARHS, Morrison teaches three levels of drama and public speaking.
“The play is one that appeals to both adults and students?and has passed the test of time in terms of what is still?funny,” Morrison said.
As the director, Morrison has worn many hats. She cast the show, set the rehearsal schedule, ran rehearsals, and coordinated the backstage elements (set design, props, costumes, lights, sound and publicity).?Art teacher George Hancin, constructed the sets and gathered students to help build and paint them.
The cast of eight, said Morrison, is a comic dream team.
“They really are pros at finding the funny in each scene.?It's been a pleasure directing each of them,” she added.
In addition to their on-stage chemistry, Morrison said that the members of the cast have become close friends off-stage.
“They get along so well that I have to remind them that we are here to stage a play not just to hang out together,” she noted. “They are very compatible which helps the on-stage chemistry look natural and believable.?They are all very likeable human beings!”
The cast is comprised of Jack Tzianabos, Jack Henningson, Mike McGregor, Mike Kutch, Joe McCuine, Tyler Murphy, Nikki Weinroth and Jennie Kush.
Tickets for the production can be purchased at the door: $8 for students; $10 for adults. ARHS is located at 79 Bartlett St., Northborough.