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'The Odd Couple' coming to Kingsport

Valerie Lick, [email protected] • Aug 9, 2018 at 9:30 PM

KINGSPORT — “The Odd Couple” features an eight-person cast, a lot of laughs and even some tears. The play, which begins the Kingsport Theatre Guild’s 71st season, premieres this weekend.

“It’s very balanced between comedy and serious things,” said Coy Owens, who plays the fastidious Felix Ungar. “It’ll have you laughing one moment and wanting to cry the next.”

The play begins in a once-beautiful apartment, which is now a “study in slovenliness,” the play’s script tells us. Felix, a neat freak, enters the apartment right after his wife divorces him.

“Everything starts changing and I don’t like it,” Owens says, explaining the character’s emotional state.

Felix’s friend Oscar Madison is the owner of the messy apartment. He too is divorced and has clearly gotten used to the single life. Oscar offers to let Felix move in as he gets over his emotional shock.

“He lets me move in until I can get my life together,” Owens explains. But, as the play’s title promises, the two men form an “odd couple.”

Ever had a roommate who was considerably messier or neater than you? Then you’ll understand these characters’ struggles. Fights and comedy ensue as the men’s living standards collide. 

Director John Kaywood has had a great time putting the play together, especially because of its vibrant cast.

“You’ll grow such an attachment to these characters,” he promises.

You can meet the “odd couple” and their friends over the next two weekends at the Kingsport Renaissance Center’s main stage, with Friday and Saturday showings at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday showings at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adult; $12 for students, seniors, and military; and $10 for children.

The Kingsport Theatre Guild has many more dramatic offerings this season.

“We’ll have everything from big-name musicals like ‘9 to 5’ and ‘My Fair Lady’ to brand new plays.”

There truly is something for everyone, with shows from Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” to “Nuncrackers,” a “nunsense” Christmas musical. A full list of showtimes and auditions can be found at kingsporttheatre.org.

“We all become a family doing these shows,” Owen says, recalling his first-ever audition almost three years ago. “Our theater’s very accepting of everyone, no matter your experience.”

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