'The Odd Couple'

Cast members of the FACE production of “The Odd Couple” are, left to right, Taylor Everett, Dr. Ruben Boyajian, Janet Goldstein, Ron Donsbach, Don Gardner, Nancy Liss, Kent Wolf and Terry Kimpling.

FACE (Fine Arts, County of Effingham) will present the Neil Simon play “The Odd Couple” for two theater-only performances on Thursdays, Oct. 9 and 16, and four dinner theater performances on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 10, 11, 17 and 18. The shows will be presented at Hendelmeyer Park Recreation Center, Effingham.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students through high school for the theater-only performances and $25 for adults and $15 for students through high school for dinner theater performances. Reservations are recommended for the theater-only and are required for dinner theater.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 217-342-6262 during normal business hours or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope with details on the performance you want to attend, the number of adults and students in your party and a check for the appropriate amount to FACE Tickets, P.O. Box 1154, Effingham, IL 62401. Tickets are not available at the park district office.

The reduced ticket price for students of only $5 is to encourage young members of the community to see a live theater performance.

This Broadway play by Neil Simon tells the story of two mismatched friends, Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. Felix is a neat, tidy, anal retentive health nut and a news writer and connoisseur of classical music. Because of this, his wife divorced Felix and threw him out of their apartment for good. Desperately in need of a place to live, he moves in with his longtime childhood friend, Oscar Madison, a sports journalist for the New York Times. What he realizes is Oscar is the exact opposite of him — sloppy, messy and doesn’t eat the right foods. Felix’s cleaning, hygienic tips and healthiness annoys Oscar, while Oscar’s crazy world of living like a pig upsets Felix. In the process they’ll learn that love, trust and friendship are more important than living in different worlds.

Cast members for the production are Ron Donsbach, Don Gardner, Janet Goldstein,

Nancy Liss, Dr. Ruben Boyajian, Taylor Everett, Terry Kimpling and Kent Wolf.

Crew members are Judi Macklin and Amanda Haynes.

The play is directed by Les Liss with Dave Neal as assistant director.

  Additional information may be found online at www.effinghamface.com

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