Felix and Oscar Take the Abingtons
Frank DeSando has been waiting for more than a decade to take the stage as his alter-ego, Oscar Madison, in the Neil Simon play, "The Odd Couple."
"I've wanted to do this for years," he said. "But it was all about having the right 'Felix'. Paige (Balitski, the show's director) promised we'd do it, so here we are. We've got our guy, Chris Eibach. We've got the right chemistry. And now, we've got this great new place to do this show."
Simon's play tells the tale of uptight neat freak Felix Ungar and his unkept, laid back roommate Oscar Madison.
"I haven't done much to prepare for my role," he joked, peering down at himself and smiling. "I am Oscar."
"There's a lot of humor in this show," said Kerry Brazen, who portrays Gwendolyn Pigeon. "A lot of good one-liners that will have people laughing a lot!"
DeSando, like many in the cast, is excited about the latest production and plans to add a new venue to the companies performance schedule, that will now include Memorable Occasions, 268 Main St., in Duryea. It's a new venture for the Diva Theater Company, whose home base has been at the United Methodist Church of Chinchilla, 411 Layton Road in Clarks Summit.
Shows will continue in the Abingtons, while the company is excited to add additional performances in Luzerne County.
"I love dinner theater," said cast member Tim Hutchins. "It's sort of a lost venue around here, which is a shame."
"Dinner theaters were very popular for a long time," Balitski said. "Then, for some reason, they started to get a bad reputation. The closet one around here is the Music Box. So far, the response has been very positive."
"Duryea is only 12 minutes from Scranton," she joked. "It's not like you need to pack a lunch to enjoy dinner theater."
"The Odd Couple" opens this weekend, June 21-23, at the United Methodist Church of Chinchilla, with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and a Sunday performance at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.
The company will stage an encore performance by the Duryea Dinner Theater at Memorable Occasions, 268 Main St., at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30.
The cost for dinner and the show is $25. Groups of 10 or more are $23 a ticket. Reservations and more information are available by calling the box office at 961-3855, or visiting www.facebook.com/divatheater, or www.facebook.com/ duryeadinnertheater.