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Wayne Greesonas Oscar, left, and Daniel Phelpsas Speed rehearse a poker game for next weekend’s production of The Odd Couple by Imagine Performing Arts. Visible at right is Vinnie, played by Steve Harmon.
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Pictured from left, Murray (Ron Foreman), Oscar (Wayne Greeson), Speed (Daniel Phelps), and Vinnie (Steve Harmon) argue and play poker in a scene from The Odd Couple.
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Oscar cajoles Felix in this scene from The Odd Couple. Pictured from left are Oscar (Wayne Greeson) and Felix (John Munger), in front of poker buddies Vinnie (Steve Harmon), Murray (Ron Foreman), and Speed (Daniel Phelps).

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A Broadway comedy about two men sharing an apartment will come to life here next weekend.

Imagine Performing Arts is presenting The Odd Couple Friday and Saturday in the John Roberts Memorial Building in Roberts Park.

Written by Neil Simon, the show is about two friends who are opposites of each other. Oscar Madison, played by Wayne Greeson, is a divorced sportswriter and a slob who hosts poker nights in his messy apartment. Oscar’s friend, Felix, played by John Munger, is a compulsively neat person who’s despondent over his pending divorce and comes to live with Oscar. The pair go head to head.

Most of the show centers around their poker nights in Oscar’s apartment. Oscar and Felix’s poker buddies add to the show’s humor with comical arguments and witty lines. They include Speed, played by Daniel Phelps; Murray, played by Ron Foreman; Vinnie, played by Steve Harmon; and Roy, played by William Tandy.

“I’ve been in a lot of shows. Some were funny, but this is the funniest one I’ve been in,” Greeson said.

The Pigeon Sisters, Oscar’s British neighbors, are potential romance interests of Oscar and Felix. They are played by Amber Phelps, as Gwendolyn, and Sheri Tandy, as Cecily. 

The show is directed by Ruthanne Munger and Carla Beard. Stage manager is Annie Glen, and the props manager is Belinda Foreman. Lighting and sound design is by Jim Kolb, while set design and building is by Cindy Perez and Angel Perez and their crew.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Who: Imagine Performing Arts

What: The Odd Couple

When: Friday and Saturday; doors open 6:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.

Where: John Roberts Memorial Building, Roberts Park, 2900 Park Road

Tickets: $10 at the door 

The Odd Couple was written by Neil Simon, a Broadway playwright in the 1960s and 1970s. It became a popular TV series.