Fine Arts Council to perform Odd Couple

The cast and crew of the Greene County Fine Arts Council’s upcoming production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Standing from left are Amanda Nichols (Renee), Laura Cook (Sylvie), John Mathis (Jesús), Jodie Rebstock (Olive), Karoline Risker (Florence), Thom Fielder (Manolo), Virginia “Gin” Sturgeon (Vera), and Ashley Speaks (Mickey). Kneeling from left are co-director Travis Rainbolt, stage manager Jordan Simpson and co-director Randy Hollis.

After close to a year and a half without a performance, the Greene County Fine Arts Council is back.

The group will perform Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple June 11-13, with a twist.

“The two lead characters are female,” said co-director Travis Rainbolt. “They are Olive Madison, played by Jodie Rebstock and Florence Unger, played by Karoline Risker.”

Rainbolt said that in keeping with the Simon play, Olive is the sloppy news and sports writer, while Florence is the “neurotic, OCD [obsessive-compulsive disorder] ‘neat freak.’”

The remainder of the cast, Rainbolt said, include friends Mickey (Ashley Speaks), Vera (Virginia “Gin” Sturgeon), Sylvie (Laura Cook) and Renee (Amanda Nichols). Romantic interests for Olive and Florence are brothers Manolo (Thom Fielder) and Jesús (John Mathis) Costazuela.

“The show is set in the ‘80s,” Rainbolt said, “and there are lots of zingers and one-liners – just hilarious.” A broad synopsis of the play, he said, is that after a messy separation, Florence is invited to move in with Olive. “And after a while,” he said, “they drive each other to the breaking point.”

The friends, he said, then step in to help the two resolve the situation. Rainbolt cautioned that the play is recommended for mature audiences due to some adult language and references.

Rainbolt said he and Randy Hollis are jointly directing the production. Rounding out the crew is stage manager Jordan Simpson. “This is our first show since COVID-19 put everything on hold,” he said. “And we’re glad to be back!”

The play begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Rainbolt said all tickets are $12 for general admission; with no reserved seating. “You can also purchase them online at www.gcfac.org,” he said.

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