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'Odd Couple' classic comedy opens

EAST West Theater and 3rd Culture Theater have teamed up to coproduce Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," which opens tomorrow at Chinatown Theater in Shanghai's Hongkou District.

The show runs through July 3 and is a private event open to friends of both theater companies.

It is directed by Jonathan Geenen of 3rd Culture Theater.

In this classic comedy about male friendship, sparks and bowls of spaghetti fly when obsessive, neat freak Felix Unger moves into super-slob Oscar Madison's apartment.

Over broken cups, burned dinners and unused coasters, the two poker buddies will discover just how strong their friendship is - if they don't kill each other first.

The creative aspects of the show will be handled by 3rd Culture Theater and both theater companies will split production work.

"The truth is that the theater community in Shanghai has limited personnel on all fronts, from actors to stage managers to you name it. So it makes sense to join forces when the show calls for it," says Elena Yeo, 3rd Culture Theater producer.

"The Odd Couple" is best known as a hit movie and TV series. It is labeled a comedy, but it's also a brilliant insight into male friendships and relationships.

"It's a natural partnership where both sides are contributing equally to produce a great show that's perfect for a Shanghai summer," says Fiona Pollard, East West Theater executive producer.

Simon wrote the play in 1965, but he managed to capture a powerful truth about male camaraderie, which is just as relevant today as it ever was.

The 3rd Culture Theater is headed by producer Elena Yeo and director Jonathan Geenen. Together, they have more than 10 years of expertise in the performing arts and entertainment fields in Shanghai, Singapore and Toronto.

"Our aim is to inspire a passion for theater through staging of highly creative, meaningful and resonant theatrical productions," they said in a statement.

East West Theater is the longest-running English-language theater group in Shanghai.

It is dedicated to sharing high-standard English-language drama with the Shanghai arts and culture community. The show is in English only, without Chinese subtitles.

Date: June 29-July 3, 8pm

Address: 471 Zhapu Rd (near Haining Rd)

Tickets: 200 yuan (reservations); 180 yuan (pre-sale)Pre-sale tickets available from Cotton's (132 Anting Rd, near Jianguo Rd W.). Special drinks and dinner packages available.

Tel: 1356-4102-955

E-mail for information.


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