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The Odd Couple

When: Feb. 16-March 4 2012

An odd fact I recently discovered about this classic Neil Simon play/ movie/ often-ripped-off TV series: The infinitely hummable theme music had lyrics. Yes, lyrics. Just go on YouTube and look up "odd couple theme lyrics": "No matter where they gooooo/ They are known as the couuuuple." You know what other theme songs had lyrics? Bonanza and Hawaii Five-O, the latter sung by Sammy Davis Jr. Your life is now richer for knowing that.

This particular Odd Couple production, directed by Craig Rhyne, is unique in that on alternating performances, leads Michael Brocki and Steve Moore will switch roles as the slovenly Oscar and finicky Felix. How sweet would it have been if Tony Randall and Jack Klugman had done that? (Wait, was there an episode of the TV series where Felix and Oscar switched roles in a dream? This will require some Googling.) Listen, whatever you do, don't watch a rerun of Two and a Half Men after seeing The Odd Couple. You will weep violently at how society has declined. Thursday's 7 p.m. opening-night performance is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 2 p.m. matinee show. Performances continue through March 4. —Zack Smith

Price: $12-22

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