'Odd Couple' recast for women's roles

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A female version of "The Odd Couple," by Neil Simon, will be presented by the Socorro Community Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10, at Garcia Opera House. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. There will also be a dinner theater performance Wednesday, Nov. 14 to coincide with the Festival of the Cranes.

Directed by Theresa Apodaca, this adult comedy is centered on Florence Unger's recent separation from her husband and takes place in Olive Madison's apartment. Because of her break up, Florence shows up late to a game of Trivial Pursuit with Olive and friends. That same evening, at Olive's invitation, the suicidal Florence moves in. Soon she finds comfort in cooking, cleaning and fussing until Olive is almost reduced to a nervous wreck. It becomes clear that the patterns of their disastrous marriages are re-occurring as roommates. The consequences are dynamic and hilarious in this contemporary classic comedy set in the 1980s.

The cast includes Christine Nendza as Olive Madison, the slob bachelorette;

Emily Snell as Florence Unger, the meticulous friend; Rheda Brown as Mickey, the police woman friend; Ronna Kalish as Renee, Olive's accountant friend; Katy Weaver as Sylvie, the sarcastic friend; Jennifer Molina as Vera, the mild-mannered friend;

and Cirk Bejnar as Manolo Costazuela and Dietrich Bachman as Jesus Costazuela, Olive's Spanish neighbors.

General performance tickets will be sold at the door. Adults are $10; seniors, $8 and students, $6. To make dinner reservations call Bonnie Reiter at 835-2564. Dinner theater tickets are $38.