Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Female Odd Couple"

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"The Female Odd Couple"

Reviewed by Cindy Killavey

Director Tony Annicone has assembled a stellar cast for the production of Neil Simon's "The Female Odd Couple" now playing at the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant.

Cathy Andreozzi plays Sylvie with panache; her line "I married a penguin" gets the first laugh of the play and sets the tone for the rest of the show. Leslie Zeile plays the "take charge" policewoman Mickey, with authority and humor. Daisy Gilmore portrays the ditsy Verna with lots of physical comedy. Nancy Pinto does a wonderful job with the role of Renee and her "Bogie" impression is splendid. The group "looks", mad-cap seat changing and well-written script will keep you "rolling in the aisles" with laugher.

The show starts in Olive's apartment during the Friday night game of trivial pursuit which is interrupted by the news that Florence Unger is suicidal and missing.

Sandra Nicastro and Sandy Cerel play Olive and Florence respectively. The two seasoned professionals compliment each other beautifully. Their chemistry on stage and the comic timing in their scenes is superb.

They work so well together that it is easy to believe that mess-loving Olive would offer the factitious Florence a place to stay when her 14-year marriage dissolves. Olive's garbage-strewn apartment is transformed by Florence into rooms clean enough to be featured in a photo shoot for "Better Homes & Gardens" just in time for a dinner date with two Spanish brothers who live in the same building.

Nishan Lawton & John Brennan round out the cast as Manolo and Jesus, the love interest in the show. They are hysterically funny during the dinner scene and in their return during the final moments of the play.

It was delightful to look around the audience and see so many people smiling, laughing and having a wonderful time. An evening at the Newport Playhouse includes a delicious buffet, followed by a fabulous show in an intimate theater and then a return to your table to watch actors and staff perform in a delightful cabaret.

"The Female Odd Couple" runs until June 29, better get your tickets soon, this is sure to be a sold-out show.

"The Female Odd Couple" (till 29 June)
@ 102 Connell Highway, NEWPORT RI
1 (401)848-PLAY (7529)

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