By Kerensa McElrath and Lina Lim
La Cañada Playhouse’s second show of the season was a major success. Seniors Katie Engler and Sarah Cooper starred in the female version of “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon, playing two friends who end up as roommates despite the fact that they’re complete opposites. Olive (Engler) is a messy, careless sports writer, while Florence is a neat freak who has just been separated from her husband. Kate Demetriou, Lindsay Labrecque, Mary Alex Daniels, and Abby Derosa play Olive and Flo’s friends. Elias Figueroa and Andrew Gunter play Manolo and Jesus, two hilarious Spanish brothers who provided some of the funniest jokes in the whole play.
Between a spectacular set and excellent direction by Mr. Eick, these students did a great job playing their characters and deliver their lines with perfect comedic timing. The chemistry between the actors made all the relationships seem believable and genuine. All of the actors brought their roles to life, but Katie Engler and Sarah Cooper merit special notice for their dedication to making the play the best it could be.
Sophomore Abigail Lidar said, “I watched the play on the first night, and thought the play was pretty well executed. The actors and actresses seemed very invested in the production. My favorite part was when Manolo and Jesus (Elias and Andrew) entered the crowd. The crowd started to roar, and that just livened the whole play.”
“In my four years of doing theatre, Odd Couple was the best experience I´ve ever had and I really happy that I got to be a part of it,” said Kate Demetriou, who played Mickey the Cop, one of the aforementioned friends of Olive and Flo.
“I was so thrilled to see all of the hard work by the cast pay off!” said Mr. Eick, when asked about his thoughts on the play.
Overall, “The Odd Couple” was an enjoyable experience for both the audience and the actors on each of the nights they performed. The success of the play certainly bodes well for future productions here at LCHS during the rest of the season, leaving the audience to anticipate a show that will be just as funny and well-acted as this one was.
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