Wednesday, April 14, 2021

review - THE ODD COUPLE - Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Paul Hartwell, Eric Banks, Casey Cowen, Skip Emerson, Samantha Hartwell,
Walt Pedano, Stephanie Vlasich, and J. Kevin Tallent
photo by Renee Ashlock

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through April 25

"...one of the best directed comedies I've seen in town for several seasons. Just watch the hilarious facial expressions, body language, and comic reactions of Oscar's friends during the poker game scenes, the thoughtful acting choices from (J Kevin) Tallent and (Walt) Pedano as they create entirely believable individuals, and the staging when Oscar invites the Pigeon sisters over for a serious dinner party that hilariously goes off the rails, to see this cast and director excel..."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"...Simon's brilliant lines and zingers are there to be uttered, but the execution stumbles. The laugh-a-minute lines are buried in excessive gesticulations, inflated outbursts by Oscar and his poker table chums, and awkward stabs at blocking that sometimes reel into slapstick...."  - Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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