Twenty years after The Odd Couple debuted on Broadway in 1965, playwright Neil Simon adapted his comedy about a pair of unlikely roommates for two female leads. Prim, neurotic Felix Ungar and scruffy, spendthrift Oscar Madison became Florence and Olive, and their circle of friends got gender-swapped as well. If you've seen the male version before, whether stage, film or sitcom, then this version ought to be a fresh and fun spin on the original. And if you've got no prior Odd Couple experience whatsoever, all the fundamentals of the play remain, so there's no reason not to make this encounter your first. Emily Cleveland (Olive), recently onstage in Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre's production of Smokey Joe's Cafe, appears opposite Annie Altevers (Florence), who starred in The House of Blue Leaves at the Spokane Civic Theatre last May.
Oct. 18-Nov. 3; Thu-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm • $23 • Lake City Playhouse • 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d'Alene • lakecityplayhouse.org • 208-676-7529
— E.J. Iannelli