Neil Simon’s famous update of his contemporary classic comedy “The Odd Couple” starts with a group of women (Joanne Dunlap as Renee, Sonja Johnson as Sylvie, Kerry McMillan as Vera, and Brenda Honey-Rogers as Mickey the cop) playing a game of Trivial Pursuit. The coterie is meeting at the apartment of Olive Madison (Elyse Andrews), a divorcee who freely admits to being a slob: “I leave a mess when I read a book.”

Late to arrive is Florence Unger (Carolyn Largey-Smith), a stickler for detail who would try the patience of a saint, and who has unfortunately just become separated from her husband. As life would have it, the slob and the fuss-budget decide to room together — with hilarious results.

Within days, Florence’s obsessive habits start taking their toll on Olive and their friends. The only remedy Olive can think of (a pair of brothers from Barcelona played by Barry Libby and Tim Straub) disastrously backfires, and the two women are forced to agree on one thing — even the best of friends sometimes make the worst of roommates.

This play is intended for mature audiences, PG-13. Tickets are $15 and are on sale at Rangeley’s Chamber of Commerce.


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