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Friday, November 2, 2012

'Odd Couple,' 'Glengarry Glen Ross' opening with gender-switch revisions


Turnabout is fair play.
Make that plays.
At least this weekend, when not one but two award-winning favorites open in Las Vegas - with women in roles usually played by men.
In the case of Neil Simon's classic comedy "The Odd Couple" - presented Saturday and Sunday at The Smith Center's Troesh Studio Theater - a female version is nothing new.
Simon himself oversaw the gender-switch revision, which debuted on Broadway 30 years after the 1965 original's arrival. (Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers played the roles originated onstage by Walter Matthau and Art Carney.)
But David Mamet's blistering "Glengarry Glen Ross," which opens an 11-day run Saturday at downtown's theatre7 , has undergone no changes.
Except, of course, that women embody the play's driven Chicago salesmen trying to peddle Florida real estate.

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