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The Odd Couple: A Comedy in Three Acts Paperback – February 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0573613319 ISBN-10: 0573613311

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Inc. (February 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0573613311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573613319
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Many libraries collecting dramas on cassettes have concentrated on English staples--Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde, etc. With justifiable domestic pride, L.A. Theatre Works is recording worthy American plays. In this classic Simon comedy, David Paymer is the endearing hypochondriac Felix Unger,and Nathan Lane is his snappish, abrasive adversary Oscar Madison. An audience at this staged performance laughs with them and the supporting cast. Director Peter Levin paces their comic timing briskly. The sound is clear and close up, avoiding hollow stage acoustics, but the producer could have added value by filling the empty cassette side(s) with readings of scenes from another play by Simon. The Odd Couple is recommended for drama collections and for devotees of witty dialog.
-Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Poker buddies Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison suddenly find themselves bachelors again and decide to share an apartment in this classic comedy of two wildly mismatched roommates which was originally a stage play before it became the basis for a tremendously popular television series and the subject of two major motion pictures. This L.A. Theatre Works production is a full-fledge audio theatre presentation starring vocal talents of Yeardley Smith, Dan Castellaneta, Linda Purl, Nathan Lane. "The Odd Couple" is one of Neil Simon's best, and this audio play version does his wit and playwriting abilities full and complete justice. --Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Being a huge fan of "The Odd Couple" television series, I finally decided to read the play on which the TV show is based. THE ODD COUPLE, which premiered in 1965, was Neil Simon's first big success. His writing is consistently amusing and often flat-out hilarious; I laughed especially hard during the first scene, in which Oscar Madison and his poker-playing friends are trying to prevent Felix Unger, just thrown out of his home by his wife, from committing suicide! This "episode" was, of course, the starting point for the TV series, but unlike the show, the play has a single plot: Felix and Oscar get together, quarrel, date the Pigeon sisters, quarrel again, and ultimately "break up." Though the play is a comedy, there are interesting parallels to A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE in Oscar's poker games, particularly the one in the last scene during which Felix leaves. THE ODD COUPLE is an excellent example of Simon's wit. Next, I would love to see it onstage!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Affaire de Coeur on August 20, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
When you pair David Paymer and Nathan Lane as Felix and Oscar in the Odd Couple, you are in for a comic tour de force that over stretches its material. With a supporting cast which includes Dan Castellaneta and Yeardley Smith (both from The Simpsons) and Linda Purl, the cast is almost perfect. This production is a little too visual in a few of its jokes. However, on the whole, it unscrupulously grabs the audio listener by his ears and shakes him with laughter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Before the movie, before the television series, before all the spin offs, there was just the play. The story is a classic spin on the buddy plot. Oscar Madison is a successful sports writer who happens to be best friends with Felix Unger, a newswriter for CBS. Each week Oscar has five of his buddies over for a Friday night game of poker. However, on one fateful night Felix fails to appear in time for the game. It turns out Felix has just been thrown out by his wife and has no place to go. Feeling sorry for his old friend, Oscar invites Felix to stay with him and be his roommate. What ensues is a classic Neil Simon look at friendship that will endure for ages.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Ferguson on March 1, 2011
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All of the reviews under this play heading are incorrect. They describe the Odd Couple - original version. The Odd Couple - female version explores the same story line with female characters. Florence Unger and Olive Madison are in the same mess as their male counterparts, and some of the humorous lines are left in tact. This show has great roles for women!
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By Diane Thorp on July 7, 2014
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FUNNY script! Do it!
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By Peggy A Weisgerber on January 10, 2014
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This arrived in great condition-exactly as advertised. Great way to check out a script to see if you want to do the show.
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I am in a play reading group and directing Act Two, Scene Two of The Odd Couple. This is an excellent edition and is what we are using for our play.
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