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“Odd Couple” (female version) at UIndy Opens Feb. 20

February 12, 2015 Leave a comment
"Odd Couple" (female version) at UIndy Theatre

“Odd Couple” (female version) at UIndy Theatre. Photo provided by the University of Indianapolis and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis

The University of Indianapolis will put a twist on a classic stage comedy when The Odd Couple (Female Version) opens Feb. 20 as the Department of Theatre’s annual dinner production at Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Adapted by writer Neil Simon himself from his original 1965 play, this version of the story, which opened on Broadway in 1985, features neat-freak Florence Unger (junior Morgan Jackson) moving in with sloppy, outspoken Olive Madison (junior Justess Hurst). The guys’ poker group from the earlier version has become a weekly Trivial Pursuit match with female friends, portrayed by Kristine Storms, Lizz Krull, Paeton Chavis and Elizabeth Hollbrook. The upstairs neighbors are the Costazuela brothers, Manolo (Josh Kruze) and Jesus (Nate Coder).

Director James Leagre, an assistant professor in the department, said the production is a showcase for talented female students.

“We looked at the current demographics of our Theatre majors and realized we had a variety of strong actresses, and there are not many shows that have strong female characters in the main roles,” he said. “Simon wrote this particular script in the ‘80s because so many companies were doing the original version, instituting a gender shift, and he was tired of it. So it’s a fun time warp in which to take people back to the ‘80s with big hair, pop music and ‘interesting’ clothes.”

Performances are scheduled Feb. 20-22 and Feb. 26-28, 2015, with the dinner buffet opening at 6:45 p.m. and the performance beginning at 8 p.m. in the main dining room of UIndy’s Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission, which includes the meal, is $26 for the general public, $24 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID.

For bargain hunters, admission is free to a preview performance with no dinner at 8 p.m. Feb. 19, and admission for the performance only on Feb. 26 is just $6. The closing performance on Feb. 28 will feature two American Sign Language interpreters for hearing-impaired patrons.

Tickets are available through the Event Ticketing Center at Ransburg Auditorium. For more information, call 317-788-3251 or visit http://www.uindy.edu/arts/ETC.

DINNER THEATER

The Odd Couple (Female Version) by Neil Simon

Feb. 20-22 and 26-28, 2015

Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Admission (includes buffet): $26 general, $24 for alumni, seniors, groups of eight or more and non-UIndy students with ID

‘Love Song’ at UIndy Theatre, Apr. 11-13 and 24-26

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment
'Love Song' at UIndy Theatre

A scene from ‘Love Song’ at UIndy Theatre.
Photo provided by the university and used with written permission.

By Scott Hall
University of Indianapolis
http://www.uindy.edu/arts

A burglary transforms the life of an eccentric loner in the stage comedy Love Song, opening Friday at the University of Indianapolis.

Performances are at 8 p.m. April 11-13 and 24-26, 2014, in UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Admission is $12 for the general public and $10 for seniors, groups and non-UIndy students with ID. Tickets and more information are available at 317-788-3251 or www.uindy.edu/arts.

The 2006 play by John Kolvenbach revolves around Beane (senior Ross Percell), an increasingly isolated man who meets and falls in love with Molly (sophomore Justess Hurst) after she breaks into his bare apartment. The mysterious relationship has an impact even on Beane’s career-minded sister Joan (junior Elise Campagna) and her husband, Harry (junior Nate Coder).

This final production of the Department of Theatre’s 2013-2014 season is directed by faculty member and stage veteran James Leagre. A free preview performance is at 8 p.m. Thursday.

UIndy Theatre Summary

Love Song by John Kolvenbach
8 p.m. April 11-13 and 24-26, 2014

UIndy’s Ransburg Auditorium, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.

Admission: $12 general; $10 seniors, groups and non-UIndy students with ID

Free preview: 8 p.m. April 10

Information: 317-788-3251 or www.uindy.edu/arts.