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Actors Circle continues funny ‘Odd Couple’ performances at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Oct. 26-29

Actors Circle continues funny ‘Odd Couple’ performances at Providence Playhouse in Scranton Oct. 26-29
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From a press release:

Actors Circle’s first weekend of “The Odd Couple” performances at the Providence Playhouse in Scranton were so well received that the community theatre group added an additional show on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

This Tony Award-winning classic comedy written by Neil Simon opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger, who has just been separated from his wife. Fastidious, depressed, and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as “The Odd Couple” is born.

Directed by Cathy Rist Strauch, Tom Malone plays Oscar Madison and David Hunisch plays Felix Unger. Other members of the cast include Jeff Ginsberg, Mark Fryer, Tony Ranieli, Christopher Alu, Susan Parrick, and Meggie Roche.

“Tom Malone and David Hunisch … also appeared together in another show which I directed, ‘Leading Ladies.’ They have a great chemistry together, reminding me of the Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis comedy team. This show also features a great male ensemble and a wonderful scene with the ‘Pigeon Sisters,'” Strauch said.

“I am very pleased with my entire cast. The show will remind our audience of why Neil Simon won so many awards.”

“The Odd Couple” continues at Providence Playhouse (1256 Providence Rd., Scranton) on Oct. 26, 27, and 28 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m., with an additional encore Sunday performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students.

For reservations, call 570-342-9707 or e-mail

Actors Circle was formed in 1982. A group of actors was sitting in a circle on the floor of the University of Scranton auditorium and decided on the name for their organization before performing their first production, “The Crucible.” Originally, the group was known as the Jefferson Hall Players, but the University asked them to change the name because there was already a small theater group at the University with that same name.

Over the years, Actors Circle has also performed at other venues, such as the Scranton Cultural Center, the Century Club, the Jewish Community Center, Nay Aug Park, the Everhart Museum, the Lackawanna Children’s Library, the Lackawanna County Courthouse, and the Tripp House.

In 1984, Providence Playhouse became home to Actors Circle. In this small intimate theater, productions such as comedies, dramas, classics, musicals, plays from well-known authors, and obscure, but important playwrights have been performed. Actors Circle has also commissioned original works, such as the adaptation of “Frankenstein” by Scranton native Ted LoRusso and an original play by John McInerney. Other theatrical organizations have also been welcomed to perform in the home of Actors Circle, such as DGM Productions, Inc.

The founders’ mission was to keep live theatre accessible to the general public, as well as to educate and enlighten not only audiences, but actors, directors, technical crew, and stage managers as well. Actors Circle continues to strive to fulfill this goal by providing the community with laughter and thought-provoking performances.