Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces the full cast for Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones. The comedy will play at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, from November 2-December 9, 2012. The Press Opening is Friday, November 9, at 7:30 pm.
Joining the previously announced cast of legendary comic actors Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt are fellow Second City alumni Danny Breen (Vinnie) and Bruce Jarchow (Roy), along with William Dick (Speed), Molly Glynn (Cecily), Marc Grapey (Murray the Cop), and Katherine Keberlein (Gwen).
George Wendt returns to Northlight where he appeared in the world premiere of Rounding Third in 2002. Tim Kazurinsky is making his debut at Northlight, but is a longtime friend of the theatre. George Wendt, Tim Kazurinsky, Danny Breen and Bruce Jarchow are reunited for this production; they all performed with The Second City in 1979, and all appeared together in The Second City Alumni Reunion Show – Class of '79 in June 2010.
George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky star as famously mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix. When recently-failed marriages lead them into sharing an apartment, Felix's finicky habits and Oscar's slovenly ways make for a disastrous yet side-splittingly funny combination in this beloved comedy by Neil Simon.
BJ Jones comments, "George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky are longtime friends whom I am delighted to have back here at Northlight. Along with their 1979 cast mates from Second City-Danny Breen and Bruce Jarchow-are Mark Grapey, William Dick, Katherine Keberlein and Molly Glynn. This is a dream cast of Chicago's finest comedic actors, and I am excited to work with all of them again."
Tim Kazurinsky (Felix Unger) is making his Northlight debut in The Odd Couple. Other Chicago credits include: Midsummer Night's Dream at Chicago Shakespeare, Hairspray (Drury Lane), Sexual Perversity Among the Buffalo, Another Fine Pickle, Freud Slipped Here, I Remember Dada (Second City); and The Bicycle Men (Lakeshore Theatre). Film credits include: About Last Night…, Somewhere in Time, Neighbors, The Cherokee Kid, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With and Police Academy II, III and IV. Television credits include: Saturday Night Live (1981-84), Big City Comedy (NBC); Dinner at Eight (TCM); The Princess and the Pea (Faerie Tale Theatre); According to Jim (ABC); Still Standing, Early Edition (CBS); Married with Children (FOX); Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO).
George Wendt (Oscar Madison) is returning to Northlight after his appearance in the 2002 world premiere Rounding Third. Other theatre credits include: Elf–The Musical, Hairspray and Art (Broadway); Re-Animator: The Musical (Steve Allen Theater, LA); Minsky's (Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, LA); and Twelve Angry Men (National Tour). He worked with the Second City comedy troupe from 1974-1980 and is best known for his role as Norm Peterson on the hit television series, Cheers (1982-1993). Other television credits include: Frasier, Spin City, Hot in Cleveland, Harry's Law, Becker, The Larry Sanders Show, among many others.