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The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
Illinois Central College Theatre Program
September 25-27 and Oct. 2-4

By Erika Evans



The Odd Couple at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center shows how great humor can be found in situations that at first seem tragic. With divorce, friendship, turmoil and plenty of laughs, this show will entertain you every second you are in the theater. Anyone who has had conflict and great friendships can relate to the dynamic that makes itself clear throughout the show.

At first glance the apartment set up on stage appears to be cozy, but when you take a closer look you can see clothes, trash and other items are strewn about the space. Complete with shelves, books and trinkets, as well as comfy couches, it is clear that this is a classic bachelor pad. The skyline is depicted through a large window, and the lighting is clever enough to highlight it but to let the skyline enhance what is going on in the forefront of the stage.

When Oscar asks his best friend to move in with him, you get the impression that everything is going to start looking up for the two divorced friends. But just because two people are best friends does not mean that they should be living together, which Oscar and Felix quickly show the audience. Through some crazy antics and a whole lot of arguing, the two show us what friendship really means, even when getting along is not always an option.

This unique cast had some newcomers, but everyone gave a great performance. Nathan Apodaca (Speed) is a tough talking friend, one who immediately shows loyalty to his friends. Asanta Cunningham (Roy) adds humor with his wild expressions and dedicated attitude. Victor Griffith (Vinnie) is the whiny friend that brings a good balance to the “manly man” mentality of the rest of the group. Malcolm Howard (Murray) plays the cliché cop friend who complains about his wife, the one no poker game would be complete without. Chris McHenry (Felix) is phenomenal at being the neurotic, obsessive best friend to Oscar. Alek President (Oscar) is excellent as well, bringing extreme humor and facial expressions to the show. The two were great together, a perfect comedy team. Hannah Gidcumb (Gwendolyn) is the bold upstairs neighbor with a take charge attitude that puts Oscar in his place. Rebekah Waters (Cecily), Gwendolyn’s sister, accompanies her in wearing loud outfits and displaying big attitude. With a mostly male cast that focuses on stories about women in their lives, the sisters add sass to the show.

Music floats down between every act, putting everyone in the 60’s mood and also helping to distinguish between scenes. Mood lighting helps to enhance various circumstances in the show and the attention to detail in the set is downright impressive.

There are many reasons to go see the show. The final three performances take place in the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, October 4th at 2:30 pm. Tickets cost $7 for the general public and $5 for students as well as senior citizens. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.ArtsAtICC.com or call the box office at (309) 694-5136.

Posted on September 28, 2015