photos by Michael Brosilow • The Odd Couple Northlight Theatre z • Left to right top to bottom: Tim Kazurinsky (Felix), Marc Grapey (Oscar), Bruce Jarchow (Roy), Peter DeFaria (Murray the Cop), William Dick (Vinnie), Molly Glynn (Cecily), Katherine Keberlein (Gwen) and Phil Ridarelli (Speed)

by David Cohen

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Northlight Theater is everything one would except from any of Neil Simon's plays or comedies.  The Tony Award-winning comedy classic of famously mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix is a huge hit!  

When recently-failed marriages lead famously mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix into sharing an apartment, Felix’s finicky habits and Oscar’s slovenly ways make for a disastrous yet sidesplittingly funny combination. 

Directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones, this production couldn't have been better. The chemistry between Tim Kazurinsky (Felix Ungar) and Marc Grapey (Oscar Madison) as the famously mismatched roommates is perfect. It is a match made in heaven, and you couldn't ask for more. The Chicago cast include comic actors Bruce Jarchow (Roy), Peter DeFaria (Murray the Cop), William Dick (Vinnie), Molly Glynn (Cecily), Katherine Keberlein (Gwen) and Phil Ridarelli (Speed). The entire cast is solid, and together they deliver many laughs as they score a perfect 10 for this fun and amusing comedy. 

Actor George Wendt who dropped out of this production for a coronary bypass surgery, left the door open to the understudy, Chicago actor and Broadway veteran Marc Grapey who stepped into the role of Oscar Madison. Grapey who was playing the role of Murray the Cop in the Northlight production is fantastic as Oscar.  This role fits him like a perfect glove, and perhaps he is the reason why The Odd Couple is so odd but so good.  

Due to overwhelming demand The Odd Couple was extended for another week, and performances will run through December 16, 2012..  “This is a distinguished ensemble of Chicago's great comedic actors giving such rich and colorful portrayals in Neil Simon’s finest and funniest script.  Audiences have been loving this show.”

Northlight Theater • 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie •  847.673.6300 • through December 16, 2012 
Tickets: From $25-$72; Student $15 (subject to availability) 
Schedule: 
Tuesdays: 7:30pm (except Nov 27 & Dec 11) • Wednesdays: 1:00pm (except Dec 12), and 7:30pm (except Nov 21)
Thursdays: 7:30pm (except November 22) • Fridays: 8:00pm • Saturdays: 2:30pm (except December 15), and 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm, and 7:00pm (except Nov 18, December 9 and December 16).

For more information visit www.northlight.org