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Female cast to perform The Odd Couple at Davidson

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The cast of Hilliard Davidson High School's The Odd Couple includes (from left) Fiona Hurst, Cassidy Boyuk, Alicia Meyers, Maria Mason, Caroline Snyder and Sarah Kearns.

The Hilliard Davidson High School theater department this weekend will present a familiar story with not-so-familiar characters.

A mostly female cast will perform Neil Simon's The Odd Couple at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25, at the high school, 5100 Davidson Road.

Tickets cost $5 each and will be available at the door.

Simon's classic script was used for a 1965 Tony Award-winning Broadway play, a popular 1968 feature film and a TV series.

But in 1985, Simon reworked the script and put two women in the iconic roles of Felix Ungar, an obsessive-compulsive, neurotic reporter, evicted by his wife, and Oscar Madison, a disheveled and slovenly sportswriter who already is divorced.

He renamed the characters Florence Ungar and Olive Madison.

Director Greg Kembitzky said the alternate version, often referred to as The Female Odd Couple, has never been performed at Davidson.

"I chose it because our last production (The Hobbit) had so few parts for females," Kembitzky said. "This show has a predominantly female cast."

In the original play, the main characters' group of friends plays poker; in the revision, the female friends play Trivial Pursuit.

In addition, the Pigeon sisters, the upstairs neighbors in the original, become the Costanzuela brothers in Simon's retooled script.

Junior Caroline Snyder will play Olive Madison and freshman Cassidy Boyuk will portray Florence Ungar.

"For anyone familiar with the (original) Odd Couple, the story will be familiar; the only changes are gender-related," Snyder said. "It's the same script about two people with different personalities and, for the same reasons, living together."

Snyder said she wanted the challenge of playing a role opposite her true personality.

"I read a few scripts and wound up getting the role I wanted," Snyder said.

The supporting cast includes sophomore Alicia Meyers as Mickey; junior Fiona Hurst as Renee; sophomore Sarah Kearns as Vera; and junior Maria Mason as Sylvie.