What’s old is new again

Free play coming to SC4 Theatre soon
Nick “Chico” Hernandez
Managing Editor
From May 12 to May 15, The SC4 Players will perform the play “The Odd Couple” in the Fine Arts Theatre. The play is free to SC4 students, facility, staff, and alumni that present the Skippers OneCard. The play is also free for K-12 students with an adult. For adults, tickets are $7. Tickets can be bought at the door or by calling 1 810-989-5513. The show is recommended for ages 10 and up.
“The Odd Couple” will be showed on Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. and will include audience talkback. On Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 the play will start at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 15 the show will start at 2:00 p.m.
Tom Kemphart, the director of “The Odd Couple” and of the SC4 Players, said “It [“The Odd Couple”] is one of my favorites. I’m glad to be able to show it at SC4 and as the last play of the semester. Our final shows are usually a compilation of everything we’ve learned so far.”
Kemphart added, “It’s been a lot of fun to work with college-aged actors. I directed “The Odd Couple” 13 years ago with people that were the ‘appropriate’ age. But it’s different now,” Kemphart added that it was like working with blank slates and that in itself is “enlightening”.
“The Odd Couple” originally was a Broadway play written by Neil Simon in 1965. The play was a success and a movie spawned from the play in 1968. Like the play, the movie received positive feedback such as Roger Ebert giving “The Odd Couple” three and a half out of four stars.
From 1970 to 1975, “The Odd Couple” ran as a Friday night sitcom and enjoyed success much like the Broadway play and the movie. The reviews on Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) give the 1970 sitcom an eight out of ten.
Some reboots of “The Odd Couple” were made including a cartoon in 1975, a 1982 reboot of the TV series (named “The New Odd Couple”), and a 1998 sequel to the movie titled “The Odd Couple II”. None of these gained popularity or success with the TV shows being cancelled after the first season and the second movie given a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
More information can be found at www.sc4.edu/arts.

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