Footlighters opened its second show of its 75th season last weekend with The Female Odd Couple and continues with several more performances this month.
The cast is a mixture of Footlighters’ veterans and newcomers, said assistant director and stage manager Jillian Starr-Renbjor, of Maple Shade.
“It’s really just a fun show,” Starr-Renbjor said.
The Female Odd Couple is a different take on the classic The Odd Couple. Playwright Neil Simon wrote both. The female version is based on the same story as the original play but the lead characters are Florence Unger and Olive Madison instead of Felix and Oscar.
Instead of poker, the bonding is over a game of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters are now the Constanzuela brothers.
“It’s a complete reverse from the movie everybody knows,” Starr-Renbjor said.
The cast features Jeanne Wayman of Delran as Olive and Erica Imparto of Philadelphia as Florence. This is Wayman’s first time back on stage in a decade, Starr-Renbjor said. Imparto is brand new to Footlighters, she added.
Valerie Mazzagatti of Maple Shade plays Mickey, Sarah Flanagan of Mount Laurel is Renee, Beth Rancani of Maple Shade is Sylvie, Colleen Murphy of Cherry Hill is Vera, Michael Melvin of Maple Shade is Manolo and Sean Flaherty of Devon, PA, is Jesus.
The director is Ann DeVaro of Medford, and Robert Achorn, of Maple Shade, is on the production team. This is the first time Starr-Renbjor has worked with DeVaro and already has a few more pairings planned.
DeVaro did the play before in college, Starr-Renbjor said, but wanted to bring it back for the company’s 75th season.
“Seeing the show is such a fun outing,” Starr-Rembjor said.
The Female Odd Couple runs every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon until Nov. 17.
Tickets are $15. Call 856-829-7144 or visit bcfootlighters.com.