The Odd Couple, by Neil Simmon

Essay by Kevin SardenHigh School, 11th gradeA+, March 1996

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On the evening of November the eighth, I saw the play The Odd Couple, by Neil Simmon. The performance started at approximately 7:30 in the Centennial High School auditorium. The Centennial High School Drama Department performed this two and a half hour play. The level of performance for this play was amateur and the tickets were sold for five dollars apiece. There were two intermissions where the audience was able to stretch their legs and get something to eat or drink. Most of the audience stood up during these times and went out into the hallway to mingle with friends and talk about the play.

The play starts with a group of men playing poker. They are a little worried because their friend Felix is not present. After a little arguing between them they decide to call their friend's wife and see if she knows where he could be.

She tells them that they have just broken up after being married for twelve years. To startle the men even more, she tells them that Felix has gone out to kill himself. Almost immediately, Felix arrives at Oscar's house, where the men are playing poker. They all try to keep him calm but nothing seems to work. Finally, they decide that Felix will stay at Oscar's until he gets back onto his feet. After a short period of time Oscar can not stand to live with Felix. He is a compulsive cleaner and everything must be in order at all times. One day, Oscar decides that he needs to touch something soft. By this he means he needs to touch a woman. So Oscar invites the Pigeon sisters, who live in the same apartment building to dinner. Felix slaves over dinner all day and becomes mad when Oscar arrives...