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by Neil Simon
directed by BJ Jones

NOVEMBER 2, 2012 - DECEMBER 16, 2012

The Tony Award-winning comedy classic of famously mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix!  When recently failed marriages force slovenly Oscar to share an apartment with fastidious Felix, the pair must determine whether their differences are irreconcilable. This beloved comedy by Neil Simon is both surprisingly poignant and side-splittingly funny.

 

We regret that George Wendt, originally slated to play Oscar, has had to leave the cast for medical reasons.  Read the full announcement.

 

Running time approx 2hrs, including one 15-minute intermission.

 

The Odd Couple is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

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CAST

 Peter DeFaria PETER DeFARIA (Murray) most recently worked with the Chicago Commercial Collective and Chicago Dramatists to reprise his role in A Steady Rain. Peter has lived in Chicago all his adult life, working with such theater companies as: The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Artistic Home, TUTA, A Red Orchid, Mary-Arrchie, Collaboraction, and Shattered Globe. Regionally, he has worked at The New Theater in Kansas City, The Indiana Rep in Indianapolis, Clarence Brown in Knoxville, TN, and Fox Valley Rep in St. Charles, IL. Film and TV work includes roles in The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, The Last Rites of Joe May and Chicago Code. He is married to Maria Stevens.
William Dick

WILLIAM DICK (Vinnie) Chicago credits: Hearts: The Forward Observer (Northlight); Timon of Athens, The Madness of George lll, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida, The Two Noble Kinsmen, A Flea in Her Ear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice (Chicago Shakespeare); The Pitmen Painters (TimeLine); End Days, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Next); A Christmas Carol (Drury Lane); Moonlight and Magnolias, House and Garden, The Goat or Who is Sylvia? (Goodman); We All Went Down to Amsterdam (Steppenwolf). Regional credits: Milwaukee Repertory, Michigan Public Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre and Los Angeles Theatre Center. Film: The Company, Ice Harvest, Stranger Than Fiction, The Break Up, The Merry Gentleman, Fred Claus, The Express, and the upcoming OZ-The Great and Powerful.

Molly Glynn

MOLLY GLYNN (Cecily Pigeon) is delighted to return to Northlight, where she appeared in Permanent Collection. Credits include: Middletown, Orange Flower Water, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Uneasy Chair (Writers' Theatre); Maple and Vine, The Boarding House (Next Theatre); Kate in Short Shakes! The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Unnecessary Farce, The Comedy of Errors (First Folio); Love and Drowning (16th Street Theater); Heritage, Strictly Dishonorable (American Blues Theatre); That Was Then, And Neither Have I Wings to Fly (Seanachai Theatre); Suburban Motel, Hellcab (Famous Door); and work at The Goodman, Remy Bumppo, Apple Tree, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. TV/Film: Boss (Starz), Early Edition (CBS), Something Better Somewhere Else, No Sleep ‘til Madison. Molly is happily married to actor Joe Foust.

Marc Grapey

MARC GRAPEY (Oscar Madison) Northlight debut.  Elsewhere:  The Iceman Cometh, RaceVigilsGriller (Goodman); Mizlansky/Zilinsky, The Chosen, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Oblivion (Steppenwolf); Equivocation, At Home at the Zoo, Class Dismissed, I Sailed with Magellan (Victory Gardens); Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew (Chicago Shakespeare), Hitting for the Cycle, The HomecomingEarly and Often (Famous Door): also appearances at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Writer’s Theatre, Next Theatre and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. Broadway debut opposite Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in The Odd Couple.  Two time Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee. Film: SuperbadAdventureland, The Daytrippers, Ali, At Any Price. Television: The West Wing, Arrested Development, Two and a Half Men, and most notably as J.J. Mitchell on Sex and the City.

Bruce Jarchow

BRUCE JARCHOW (Roy) Bruce got his start at The Second City with Tim where he won a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in Well I'm Off to the Thirty Years War in 1981. His Chicago theater credits include Chicago Conspiracy Trial (Remains); David Mamet's Lake Boat, The Water Engine and Edmund (Goodman). New York credits include Edmund, True West, and Sills & Company. He has made over 40 TV appearances including Seinfeld, ER, Desperate Housewives, Parks and Recreation, and Boss. His over 20 film credits include Ghost, The Doctor, Outbreak, Continental Divide and The Weatherman. In 2011 Bruce and his wife Nancy wrote, produced and starred in their own show, Been There, Still There. He grew up in Northbrook and is a Cubs fan.

Tim Kazurinsky

TIM KAZURINSKY (Felix Ungar) makes his Northlight debut.  Other stage credits include: Sexual Perversity Among the Buffalo; Another Fine Pickle; Freud Slipped Here; and I Remember Dada (Second City); The Bicycle Men (Lakeshore Theatre); and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). T.V. credits include: Saturday Night Live 1981-84 (NBC); Big City Comedy (NBC); Dinner at Eight, (TCM); The Princess and the Pea (Faerie Tale Theatre); According to Jim (ABC); Still Standing (CBS); Early Edition (CBS); Married With Children (FOX); Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO). Film credits include: My Bodyguard; Continental Divide; Neighbors; About Last Night...; Somewhere In Time; The Cherokee Kid; Shakes the Clown; I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With; and Police Academy II, III, & IV. Screenwriting credits include: About Last Night...; For Keeps; The Cherokee Kid; and Strange Relations.

 Katherine Keberlein

KATHERINE KEBERLEIN (Gwendolyn Pigeon) This is Katherine's debut with Northlight Theatre. Katherine worked most recently with Circle Theatre in When the Rain Stops Falling, which will play again at the Greenhouse Theatre January/February, 2013, and with Steppenwolf (U/S in Clybourne Park), Profiles (Janine in 50 Words - Jeff nomination for Principal Actress in a Play) and Oracle Theatre as the title character in Ironmistress. She has worked with Oak Park Festival Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Provision Theatre, Theater at the Center, Illinois Theatre Center, Light Opera Works and Buffalo Theatre Ensemble. She is a member of SAG with numerous commercial and independent film credits. Katherine travels internationally to perform classic American music as a vocalist with TrioChicago & Friends.

 Phil Riardelli PHIL RIDARELLI (Speed) Phil Ridarelli received his BFA in Acting from The Theatre School. He is a proud member of The Neo-Futurists performing Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind since its inception in '89. He is pleased to return to Northlight where he created the role of Carl in Lonely Planet directed by the author Steven Dietz. Other roles: The Mystery of Irma Vep (Madison Rep), Battle of the Bands (Victory Gardens), and the European Premiere of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at Vienna's English Theatre directed by Pam McKinnon. 
 
   


PRODUCTION

Neil Simon (Playwright) is an American playwright and screenwriter widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific, and performed playwrights in the world. Mr. Simon is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize (Lost In Yonkers), Tony Awards (The Odd Couple, Biloxi Blues, Lost In Yonkers, and a special Tony Award For Overall Contribution to the Theatre), Emmy Awards (The Sid Caesar Show and The Phil Silvers Show), and Writers Guild Screen Awards
(The Odd Couple and The Out-Of-Towners). Nominations: Tonys (Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Lost in Yonkers, and the musical The Goodbye Girl), a Writers Guild Laurel Award, an American Comedy Award for Lifetime Achievement, a Writers Guild Screen Award (Barefoot in the Park), an Oscar (The Odd Couple), an Evening Standard, a Sam S. Shubert Foundation Award, Kennedy Center Honors, a UCLA Medal, a Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, and a William Inge Theater Festival award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater. Simon is the author of plays and musicals, including Come Blow Your Horn, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, Rumors, Jake's Women, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, London Suite, Proposals, and The Dinner Party, among others. Select screenwriting credits: The Cheap Detective, Seems Like Old Times, Murder by Death, and The Star-Spangled Girl, and others, including film adaptations of many of his plays. Select television credits: The Tallulah Bankhead Show and ABC's Broadway Bound.


BJ Jones (Director) is in his 15th season as Artistic Director of Northlight, where he commissioned and directed the world premieres of The Outgoing Tide (Jeff Nomination - Best Director), Better Late, and Rounding Third. Notably he has directed productions of Grey Gardens, The Price (Jeff Nomination- Best Director), A Skull in Connemara, The Cripple of Inishmaan, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. As a producer he has guided the world premieres of The Last Five Years, The Gamester, and Studs Terkel's The Good War. From Second City to Shakespeare, BJ has directed Pitmen Painters (Jeff Nomination - Best Director, TimeLine), A Number (Next), 100 Saints You Should Know (Steppenwolf), and The Dresser (Body Politic). Regional: Glengarry Glen Ross (Suzie Bass Nominee - Best Director, Atlanta's Alliance Theatre), Enchanted April (Asolo Theatre), and productions at Cherry Lane Theatre NY, Galway Arts Festival, Baltimore Center Stage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. As a performer, Mr. Jones is a two-time Joseph Jefferson Award winner and has appeared at Northlight, Goodman, Steppenwolf, Court, and other theatres throughout Chicago. Film/TV credits include The Fugitive, Body Double, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Early Edition, Cupid, and Turks, among others.


Jack Magaw (Scenic Design) Other Chicago area and regional theatre design credits include The Who and the What (La Jolla Playhouse), Joan of Arc (Chicago Opera Theatre), Clybourne Park and Beneatha's Place (Centerstage), A Raisin in the Sun (Milwaukee Rep), Little Gem (City), Romeo and Juliet and The Foreigner (Kansas City Rep), Sunday in the Park with George and The Game's Afoot (Peninsula Players), Hedda Gabler and The Letters (Writers). Eight Jefferson Award nominations include designs for The Caretaker (Writers)and Disgraced (American Theatre Company). Upcoming projects: The Who and the What (Lincoln Center Theatre - LCT3) and Awake and Sing! (Olney). Jack is married to director Kimberly Senior and teaches design at The Theatre School at DePaul University. www.jackmagaw.com

 

Rachel Laritz (Costume Design) Chicago design credits include various shows at Writers, Court, Remy Bumppo, and TimeLine. Regional credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Rep, Kansas City Rep, Illinois Shakes, Next Act, Chamber, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Music Theatre, Children's Theater Madison, and the University of Michigan. Off-Broadway credits include Pearl Theatre. Other professional credits: NBC's Law & Order, American Players Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Garsington Opera, and the Spoleto Festival USA. Rachel is a recipient of a 2011 Emerging Artist Alumni Award from the University of Michigan and a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for The Voysey Inheritance (Remy Bumppo).

 

JR Lederle (Lighting Design) Northlight credits include The Odd Couple, Ten Chimneys, Season's Greetings, A Life, Grey Gardens, The Retreat From Moscow, Lady, Stella & Lou, The Outgoing Tide, and Better Late (the last three also at the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland). Other work has been seen at Lookingglass, Victory Gardens, About Face, Remy Bumppo, Writers, Steppenwolf, and Walkabout. JR designed lighting for seven years of the Steppenwolf Traffic Series, and five Steppenwolf performances in Chicago's Millennium Park. He has served as head of the Lighting Department at Steppenwolf since 1995.

 

Andrew Hansen (Sound Design) returns to Northlight where he previously collaborated on The Outgoing Tide, She Stoops to Conquer, and Mauritius. Andy is an Associate Artist at TimeLine where he has been designing since 1999. Current productions include A Tale of Two Cities at Lifeline. Recent productions include The Normal Heart, 33 Variations, and Wasteland at TimeLine, The Liar and Port Authority at Writers, and A Christmas Carol at Goodman. Regionally he has composed for American Players, Indiana Rep, Summer Shakespeare at Notre Dame, and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

 

Laura D. Glenn (Production Stage Manager) Over the past twelve years with Northlight, production stage management credits include The Odd Couple, Ten Chimneys, Season's Greetings, Sense & Sensibility, A Life, Souvenir, Better Late (also at the Galway Arts Festival), Retreat from Moscow, Permanent Collection, Cat Feet, Blue/Orange, Tuesdays with Morrie, Sky Girls, Rounding Third, and A Skull in Connemara. Other credits include stage management for Lord of the Flies, Slowgirl, Head of Passes, Three Sisters, Middletown, To Kill a Mockingbird, a parallelogram, Superior Donuts, Betrayal, Love Song, I Never Sang for my Father, The Violet Hour, Purple Heart, The Drawer Boy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and many others at Steppenwolf over the past twenty-four years. International credits include Orange Flower Water and Purple Heart (Steppenwolf) at the Galway Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland; The Man Who Came to Dinner - BITE festival at the Barbican Center in London; and the regional and Broadway productions of Buried Child. Laura has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association for twenty-four years


 


 

 


Photos by Michael Brosilow

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Marc Grapey and Tim Kazurinksy as Oscar and Felix in THE ODD COUPLEMarc Grapey, William Dick, Peter DeFaria, Phil Ridarelli, and Bruce JarchowWilliam Dick, Marc Grapey, Phil Ridarelli, and Peter DeFariaMarc Grapey and Tim KazurinskyPhil Ridarelli, Marc Grapey, Tim Kazurinsky, Bruce Jarchow, and William DickPhil Ridarelli, Bruce Jarchow, William Dick, and Tim KazurinskyMarc Grapey and Tim KazurinskyTim Kazurinsky and Marc GrapeyTim Kazurinsky and Marc GrapeyTim Kazurinsky and Marc Grapey
Molly Glynn, Katherine Keberlein, Marc Grapey, Tim KazurinskyMarc Grapey, Molly Glynn, Tim Kazurinsky, and Katherine KeberleinMolly Glynn and Katherine KeberleinTim Kazurinsky, Molly Glynn and Katherine KeberleinMarc Grapey and Tim KazurinskyMarc Grapey and Tim KazurinskyMarc Grapey and Katherine KeberleinMolly Glynn, Tim Kazurinsky and Katherine Keberlein


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The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

 
 

REVIEWS (Excerpts)


Felix and Oscar's jokes hold up better than their marriages

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
November 11, 2012
By HEDY WEISS Theatre critic

 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

"The Odd Couple" may be wholly familiar, but it still can generate spontaneous laughter with its zinging one-liners and its observations on the loopy behavior of men newly hit by divorce and sentenced to living outside the civilizing, socializing, becalming influence of women (even if they could no longer live with the women in question).

 

Grapey (who stepped in after George Wendt suffered a heart attack and, as it happened, had understudied for both Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the play's 2005 Broadway revival) is perfection as Oscar. His smart, jaded, laid-back but invariably spot-on comic timing is unique, and seemingly effortless. And Kazurinsky, as the energetically elfish and manic drama queen who pines for his wife - and oppresses Oscar with his compulsive domesticity - is just needy and controlling enough to be an ideal comic foil.

 

Read the full review>

 



'Odd Couple': Midlife crisis tale ages gracefully

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
November 12, 2012
By CHRIS JONES Theatre critic


... Grapey and Kazurinsky are a great deal of fun together, and, crucially, quite poignant in the scenes where the play dances around the comic edges of what it feels like to be lonely and rejected in middle age. Once Felix and Oscar are picking the comedic fruits of incompatibility in the core of this brilliantly structured play - fruits that Simon knew how to harvest sustainably, so they never seem to run out - the show finds its rhythm. And once the Pigeon sisters (the terrific Molly Glynn and Katherine Keberlein) show up, it finds more than enough zest and sparkle to put a broad smile on your face.

 

Read the full review>

 

 


Northlight's 'Odd Couple' a laugh riot

PIONEER PRESS
by Catey Sullivan
November 15, 2012

 

Northlight Theatre's staging of "The Odd Couple" might have lost some star wattage when George Wendt dropped out of the show to have bypass surgery, but it doesn't miss a beat with veteran actor Marc Grapey stepping into the role of messy, grouchy Oscar Madison.  And with Tim Kazurinsky as the persnickety Felix Unger and a rock-solid ensemble of supporting players, "The Odd Couple" is absolutely hilarious.. .But by grounding his actors in emotional truth and pinpoint accurate timing, director BJ Jones crafts a fast-paced, intelligent production that generates nonstop laughs a from the opening card shuffle to the closing deal.

 

Read the full review>

 


Northlights 'Odd Couple' comes up aces

DAILY HERALD
by Barb Vitello
November 15, 2012

 

Director BJ Jones' first-rate ensemble possesses the comedic chops to sell this amusingly anachronistic show about a man adrift who finds safe harbor with his polar opposite...Grapey's and Kazurinsky's savvy performances suggest the intuition these men have for what makes each other tick is spot-on. With his wry delivery and effortless timing, Grapey deftly balances concern with exasperation. He even injects Oscar with a touch of menace tempered with humor (for which Grapey has a distinct flair) after Felix spoils their double-date with a pair of leggy British birds. At the same time, he reveals Oscar's vulnerability, suggesting that bachelorhood isn't as carefree as his friends imagine.

 

Read the full review>

 


 

Ageless Comedy Still Garners Loads of Laughs

November 10, 2012
by Tom Williams
Chicago Critic

 

Some comedies are ageless and The Odd Couple, now in a fine production at Northlight Theatre in Skokie sure fits that category...A sloppy cigar smoking sports writer, Oscar Madison (Marc Grapey) is lonely after his divorce and Felix Ungar (Tim Kazurinsky) is the fastidious hypochondriac news writer recently estranged from his wife. The two drive each other and their poker playing buddies crazy in a series of hilarious scenes of pure comedy brilliance.

 

Read the full review>

 

 


 

Review - The Odd Couple

November 14, 2012
by Scott C. Morgan
Windy City Times

 

...the Odd Couple is a show that delivers precision clockwork laughs if done well, and the Northlight production definitely succeeds even with its last-minute casting changes.

 

Grapey and Kazurinsky work together like old-hand vaudevillians under Jones' skilled direction... Oscar and Felix's poker-playing buddies are also great. In addition to Jarchow, Phil Ridarelli, William Dick and Peter DeFaria (convincingly taking over Grapey's cop role) all are worth their salt in terms of comic timing and crafting their eccentric and often aggravated characters.

 

Read the full review>

 


The Odd Couple -

November 10, 2012
by Al Bresloff
Around the Town Chicago

 

Under the slick direction of B.J. Jones, this production appears to have been injected with new life and new vitality...The chemistry between Grapey and Kazurinsky is dynamic and despite the roles being carictures of sorts, these actors give them a real feel as two mismatched roommates. Every so often we get to witness a play where the actors take on the personas as the playwright wanted them viewed by an audience, and these two men truly have it.

 

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Northlight Theatre's THE ODD COUPLE Keeps Focus On Friendship

November 11, 2012
by Michael Roberts
Showbiz Chicago

 

The show must go on and stalwart Marc Grapey, who made his Broadway debut with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in the revival of The Odd Couple has stepped in as Oscar to save the day, and save it he does. This is a very sincere and grounded production which focuses itself on the human element of loneliness rather than the over the top comedy many productions fall prey to.

 

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The Odd Couple - Review

by Ben Bass
Flavorpill

 

Northlight Theatre's production of the Neil Simon classic is nonetheless a silly romp filled with laughs from start to finish. The veteran character actor Marc Grapey (Superbad, The West Wing) is an excellent fill-in as the slovenly Oscar Madison, and SNL alum Kazurinsky steals the show as the prissy Felix Unger. With surehanded support from their fellow players, to call this comedy standard "a laugh a minute" undersells the rapid-fire merriment.

 

Read the full review>

 


 

 

PREVIEW

The casting was messy, but show goes on for 'Odd Couple'

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
November 7, 2012
By DOUG GEORGE Reporter

 

Marc Grapey is not George Wendt. He knows this.


In the Chicago theater world, Grapey is an extremely accomplished actor, having appeared this year in "Race" and "The Iceman Cometh" at the Goodman Theatre and in "Equivocation" at Victory Gardens Theater. But Wendt was Norm in television's "Cheers," and in Chicago he is beloved. When he came onstage for Conan O'Brien's live TV taping here in 2006, he got about a solid minute of applause. They could not get the audience to shut up.


Wendt was supposed to co-star with Tim Kazurinsky in "The Odd Couple" at Northlight Theatre, but less than a week before preview performances began he ended up in the hospital with chest pains and double bypass surgery. Grapey, who was in the cast as Murray the cop, got a call from director BJ Jones telling him that Wendt would not be able to return to the show, and that Grapey would have to be Oscar opposite Kazurinsky's Felix.

 

Read the full article>


The Odd Couple Study Guide is available in PDF format.  Click here to download.