The Odd Couple | Raven Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Odd Couple Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tue., May 18, Wed., May 19 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 18 2010

It's hard to get past the misogyny in Neil Simon's 1965 play about a pair of mismatched roommates, Felix and Oscar. It lurks in the nasty cracks about wives; the dopiness of the would-be love interests, the Pigeon sisters; and the routine reviling of neatnik Felix as more feminine than any female. But even allowing for the benighted attitudes of the period, the play isn't all that funny. Masterful physical comedian Jon Steinhagen makes a schlumpy but convincing Felix, nailing the character's blind innocence. Wisecracking slob Oscar is harder to like; if he's not charming he's just a jerk, and charm eludes actor Eric Roach here. Michael Menendian's production is gorgeous and the supporting cast is fine, but Simon's play remains one helluva sow's ear. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $10-$30

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