The Odd Couple opens this Friday at Rabbit Run Theater

The actors in the photo are (L to R) Christopher Ashmun as Oscar Madison and Don Knepper as Felix Ungar. Photo credit to Kathy Sandham.

The actors in the photo are (L to R) Christopher Ashmun as Oscar Madison and Don Knepper as Felix Ungar. Photo credit to Kathy Sandham.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Odd Couple opens this Friday at Rabbit Run Theater

Rabbit Run Theater, one of Ohio’s few remaining barn theaters, closes its 2014 summer season with playwright Neil Simon’s comedy The Odd Couple.

Simon is at his best with the non-stop, laugh-out-loud dialogue in this 1960’s classic comedy.

Compulsive neat-freak Felix Ungar is thrown out of his house by his disgruntled wife and moves in with the hopelessly sloppy Oscar Madison. Felix and Oscar quickly find themselves mismatched at every turn resulting in disastrous dates, ruined poker games and spaghetti-stained walls.

Playing the role of Oscar Madison is Christopher Ashmun who has performed at Lake Erie Arts Program (L.E.A.P.), the Ashtabula Arts Center as well as Rabbit Run.  Cast in the role of Felix Ungar is Don Knepper, who in recent years appeared in Rabbit Run’s productions of Lend Me a Tenor and Frost Nixon. Knepper has also performed at the Fine Arts Association and other Northeast Ohio theaters.

Portraying the Friday night poker players are Mark Crowley, Greg Gnau, Chris Herak and Allen Zadell. The Pigeon sisters are played by Evie Koh and Colleen O’Leary.

The Odd Couple is directed by Nancy Shimonek Brooks. Veteran actor/director Brooks has been associated with Rabbit Run for the past 20 years and during that time has performed and/or directed in close to 20 productions. She has also worked with Porthouse Theatre, The Ohio Performing Arts Company, LEAP Actors Co, and with community theatres across the Cleveland area.

“I think with a Neil Simon script it can be easy to focus on playing for laughs, because the comedy inherent in his dialogue is so snappy and brilliant,” said Brooks.   “But we have really tried to take a deeper look at the mirror-like relationship between Oscar and Felix. They both start off like ostriches with their heads in the sand, but the experience of living together turns out to be very revealing.”

oddcoupleblockccThe Odd Couple opens Friday, Aug. 15, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 30. Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Patrons may take advantage of a pre-show dinner/theater package with Bistro 70 in Painesville. A specially selected three-course menu offering five entrees, an appetizer, dessert as well as a theater ticket make up this $55 a person package (tax and tip are additional). Reservations for this package may be made by calling Bistro 70 at 440-352-7070. It is recommended reservations be made 48-hours in advance. Package is subject to availability. Bistro 70 is located at 70 N. St. Clair St., Painesville, OH.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home and Damon Morgan Corporation.



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