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CRT opens its eighth season with Neil Simon's classic comedy, The Odd Couple.


by: TRAVIS NORURFT - Tim True and Michael O'Connell as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in 'The Odd Couple.'The CRT production features two Portland favorites, Tim True and Michael O'Connell, as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. CRT Artistic Director David Smith-English directs Neil Simon's hysterical comedy about a slovenly, cigar-smoking sportswriter and a depressed, neurotic clean-freak who try to live together after their wives have dumped them.

While Simon is the world's most prolific and successful playwright, it was his older brother, Danny, also a writer for TV comedy, who provided the inspiration for his brother's most enduring hit. After divorcing, Danny moved in with another divorced man, and this situation became the set-up for 'The Odd Couple.' Although Danny had begun writing the story himself, he reached a block and eventually handed it off to his brother, who soon made it a Broadway smash starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney.

Ironically, when Paramount bought the rights to the original play, Simon's agent talked him into selling the entire rights to the play for $10,000. Simon has not seen a penny of royalties or residuals from his most produced play, the popular film or the television show. Soon after the deal was made, Simon fired his agent.

CRT's 'The Odd Couple' also features CRT favorites Ernie Casciato, Annie Rimmer and Jayne Stevens. 'The Odd Couple' runs through July 22.

CRT continues its season in August with 'Cabaret' and concludes with a new comedy, 'End Days,' in late September.

CRT performances take place Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. All performances are held in the Osterman Theatre at Clackamas Community College. Season tickets and single tickets may be purchased at seniorcitizenscouncil.com or by calling 503-594-6047.