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Wednesday, October 12,2011

Simply Simon

Starlight Dinner Theatre serves up ‘The Odd Couple’ as season opener

by Cristina Toscano

When it came to selecting the season opener this year,
the Starlight Dinner Theatre decided to do things a little differently:
In December, the theater polled its patrons to find out what they
wanted to see. 


Starlight founder and artistic director Linda Granger
decided to kick off the season with the show the audience wanted the
most — and the winner was Neil Simon’s venerable comedy, “The Odd
Couple.”


“The other two shows this season were not selected based
upon the survey,” Granger said. “However, we plan to open next season
with the Number Two choice on the survey.”


On the off chance you haven’t heard, “The Odd Couple” is
about a friendship between two men who are polar opposites and manage
to push each other to their limits. It was the basis for two movies
starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and inspired a popular TV
series in the 1970s, with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.  


Chris Klaver of Grand Ledge plays Felix Ungar, a neurotic
neatnik and hypochondriac whose marriage is barely hanging by a thread.  Jack
Dowd, a resident of Holt, plays Oscar Madison, an easygoing, divorced
sportswriter whose slovenly style tends to clash with Felix’s orderly
lifestyle.  


(In a case of art imitating life, Dowd works in The Lansing State Journal’s sports department.) 


“What this group of actors has brought to the show — both
drawing from their own personalities and their acting abilities — has
greatly enhanced the show,” Granger says, adding that Klaver and Dowd
have great respect for each other that shows onstage.


Oscar’s four poker-playing buddies are played by Darrin
Fowler of Mason, Dan Pappas of Delta Township, Michael Erwin of Eaton
Rapids and Bob Murrell of Lansing. Extra nuttiness is provided by the
British sisters Cecily (Angela Dill of Lansing) and Gwendolyn Pigeon
(Charlotte Ruppert).   


The pre-show dinner is provided by Mary’s Homestyle
Catering. The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and
gravy, green bean casserole and tossed salad.  Vegetarian options are available upon request when you make your reservation.


‘The Odd Couple’


Starlight Dinner Theatre


Waverly East Middle School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing


Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., with the
show starting at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through March 18 $33
for dinner and show; $28 for seniors and students with valid ID $15 for
show only


(517) 243-6040 


www.starlightdinnertheatre.com

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