Volunteers putting the finishing touches on the new Tater Patch Players theatre
By Pat Arp Jewell
Have you ever gone to the theater and wondered what goes on behind the scenes? What does it look like upstairs? How do they get those lights to come on at just the right time? Your chance to find out is here! Thursday, April 28, from 4-7 p.m., you are welcome to come and explore the world of the theater. The Pickens County Chamber of Commerce will stage a Ribbon Cutting officially opening the new theater to the public for the first time. An open house will follow. The public is invited to attend. There will be many Tater Patch Players present to answer questions and show you around.
Opening Night, the first show in the Tater Patch Players Theater, will be a gala event. Please go on line to order your tickets now to assure a seat for this show that will be a sell out event. The doors open at 6:30 to a night of celebration and comedy at its best.
Come and be a part of Pickens County and Tater Patch Players history.
The show, The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon was first staged on Broadway in 1965, and anyone, young or old, can still relate to the characters and their situations as if it were 2011. Simon is said to have written the play when his brother, Danny Simon, roomed with a theatrical agent, Roy Gerber, after recent divorces. Others claim that the play was written after Mel Brooks lived with writer Speed Vogel for three months after Brook’s first divorce.
Either way, the results are hilarious. We have Oscar Madison, a sloppy housekeeper but talented sportswriter. Felix Ungar, whose marriage is ending, is a hypochondriac, obsessive compulsive, who is allergic to everything. One would assume that these two totally opposite friends know each other from the news business since Felix is also a news writer.
Other characters include the poker players. Murray, the cop, always ready to share his knowledge of what he has learned from police work, which is very limited. Vinnie, nervous and quirky, shares the poker table with his more aggressive friends. Speed is sarcastic and cutting as he looks for opportunities to pick on his buddies during a game. Is this Speed’s way to take the other’s attention from the game? We round out the poker players with Roy, who is also Oscar’s accountant. Roy brings a dry sense of humor to the table. The characters combined will bring you the funniest poker game in history!
Our final characters are the Pigeon sister, Gwendolyn and Cecily. These British sisters are upstairs neighbors of Oscar and Felix. They are on the lookout for eligible bachelors. But they are also compassionate and funny in a way that you will have to see to believe.