The Owl and the Pussycat
June 21-25, 2011
Directed by Paul Finocchiaro
Scene Design by George E. Grubb
Costume Design by Nicole Pullaro
Lighting Design by Steven Smith
Doris (Zillah Glory) and Felix (J. Alexander Coe) fall into an
immediate love-hate sort of relationship.
It's a relationship where they're consistently
finding out new things about each other.
Where every day is a revelation.
Filled with frustrations and anger, at times.
And passion at others.
Leading to a sort of conclusion.
Photos by Mike Lagerquist
REVIEWS FROM OPENING NIGHT:
Absolutely fantastic show!! Loved it, loved it, loved it! — Wendy Vincent
Beautifully done! Zillah and Alex were incredible! — Wanda Viento
On Broadway 1964 to 1965, it starred Alan Alda and the late Diana Sands (who won
a Tony Award.) When made into a movie, George Segal and Barbara Streisand took the roles.
Can a bickering odd couple in Manhattan become friends and maybe more? Owlish Felix is an
unpublished writer who vents his frustration by reporting to the super that the woman in a
neighboring flat takes the occasional payment for sex. She's Doris, more wildcat than
pussycat, and when Felix's peeping-tom-tattle-tale routine gets her bounced from
her apartment, she knocks at his door at 3 AM, aggressive and ticked off. They yell, lose
another apartment, and pick up where they left off in a friend's flat and beyond. Dancing by the
light of the moon seems unlikely for this owl and pussycat.
Bill Manhoff (1919-1974), though perhaps best known for his hit
Broadway comedy The Owl and the Pussycat, was a longtime writer for a number of TV series
(“The Odd Couple,” “Sanford and Son,” “All in the Family,” “Love American Style,” “Room 222”
and “The Partridge Family”). The Owl and the Pussycat opened in New York in 1964 and was
such a success that it was soon made into a film with Barbra Streisand and George Segal.
It is easy to see why the play continues to be so enormously popular with audiences all over the world.
The comedy is based on two strongly written, very human characters, Doris and Felix, who delude
themselves into believing they are something they are not.
Turner Classic Movies has written about Barbra Streisand's decision
to take on this role here.