Judson Theatre Company announced Amanda Bearse will play Olive Madison and Teresa Ganzel will play Florence Unger in their March production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version).
“We wanted to do another Neil Simon show after the success of Eve Plumb and Rex Smith in Plaza Suite and Robert Wuhl and Don Most in The Sunshine Boys, and The Odd Couple (Female Version) is the perfect choice to open our ninth season. This production is going to be fun all the way.” says JTC’s Artistic Director, Daniel Haley.
Performances begin Thursday, March 26 and run through Sunday, March 29 at Owens Auditorium at the newly renovated Bradshaw Performing Arts Center, located at 3395 Airport Road, in Pinehurst.
The Odd Couple (Female Version) is Neil Simon’s reworking of his riotously funny theatre, film, and television comedy classic The Odd Couple, centered around two wildly mismatched roommates living together in New York City.
“You’re guaranteed to laugh,” states Morgan Sills (Executive Producer). “Amanda and Teresa are two of the funniest, smartest people I’ve ever had the honor of working with, and it’s a major coup for JTC to have these two stars appearing in a show together. And our early ticket sales have been strong, both with groups and individuals.”
Set in the crazy 1980s, Oscar Madison and Felix Unger are now Olive Madison and Florence Unger. At their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped Riverside Drive apartment, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband.
Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in. Olive’s messy habits and easy-going outlook on life soon clash with Florence’s high-strung neurotic neat-freak tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers (who live upstairs), their differences come to a head and sparks fly.
Amanda Bearse played Marcy D’Arcy on over 250 episodes of Fox’s Married…With Children during its 11-season run and co-starred in the cult horror film Fright Night opposite Chris Sarandon.
After graduating the Neighborhood Playhouse under Sanford Meisner, Bearse began her professional acting career in New York on All My Children.
Directing episodes of Married…With Children launched her episodic TV directing career, and she went on to direct episodes of many other series including MADtv. Reba, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, George Lopez, The Jamie Foxx Show, Dharma & Greg, and Jessie.
After over three decades in entertainment, Amanda made her off-Broadway directing, as well as acting, debut in 2018 at New York City Center with Party Face starring Hayley Mills, coming full circle with her work in theater.
Teresa Ganzel returns to Judson Theatre Company having memorably portrayed Truvy in 2014’s Steel Magnolias.
She is perhaps best known to audiences everywhere from her 32 appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson; for playing Jackie Gleason’s wife in The Toy starring Richard Pryor; and for starring opposite Jeff Goldblum in Transylvania 6-5000. She also appeared opposite Bill Paxton in the comedy mini-series Fresno starring Carol Burnett.
Teresa was a series regular on The Duck Factory with Jim Carrey, Roxie with Andrea Martin, and Teachers Only with Lynn Redgrave and Jean Smart.
She has made dozens of memorable guest appearances on beloved shows including Three’s Company (as Greedy Gretchen), Coach, Mama’s Family, Alf, Newhart, Love Boat, Hotel, and Married…with Children.
Game show fans may remember Teresa as a celebrity player on The $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid tournaments as well as Super Password and Hollywood Squares.
Teresa’s distinctive voice can be heard in blockbuster films like Despicable Me 3, Toy Story 3, Monsters University, Monsters Inc., Up, Wall-E, Horton Hears a Who!, and Cars.
Her recent theatre credits include Harvey starring French Stewart at Laguna Beach Playhouse; Heartbreak Help with Melissa Peterman and Marisa Jaret Winokur; the national tour and Off-Broadway production of Viagara Falls; and Meet & Greet with Vicki Lewis.
Following a successful national tour, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version) debuted on Broadway in 1985 starring Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno.
Simon’s original play, The Odd Couple, bowed on Broadway in 1965 starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney, and was revived in 2006 with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.
It was adapted for the screen in 1968 with Matthau and Jack Lemmon, with a sequel following in 1998. It has been the basis of four television series.
The performance schedule for The Odd Couple (Female Version) is as follows:
Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm (early curtain, opening night)
Friday, March 27 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm (matinee)
Saturday, March 28 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 29 at 3:00 pm (matinee, closing performance)
To purchase tickets online now to The Odd Couple (Female Version) or request additional information, please visit http://judsontheatre.com/.
Tickets will be available to purchase in person at local outlets beginning March 1. Discounted Group Rates (10+) are available online, or email: JudsonTheatre@gmail.com; Discount Student and Military Rush tickets available at the door (ID required, limit 2 per ID).
Courtesy feature photos: L,R: Teresa Ganzel and Amanda Bearse.