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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

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‘The Odd Couple’ to hit HART stage

A production of Neil Simon’s Broadway hit “The Odd Couple” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29-20 and Sept. 5-6 and at 3 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

This blockbuster opened at the Plymouth Theater in March 1965 and ran nearly a thousand performances, staring Walter Matthau and Art Carney. The 1968 film version stared Matthau and Jack Lemon. That was such a hit that a TV series followed in 1970 with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, which ran five seasons. 

In the play, Felix, a fastidious man who has just separated from his wife, moves in with his friend, Oscar, a sports writer who has also separated from his wife. Oscar is something of a slob, whose idea of a great evening is poker with his buddies. The comedy situations that evolve have become classics in the theater. 

Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. Special $6 discount tickets are available for students on Sundays.

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Smith brings feisty characters to Waynesville

A performance of “B. Smith Celebrates Lee Smith: Ivy, Alice, & Evalina” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Waynesville Library Auditorium. 

Barbara Bates Smith, noted for her off-Broadway performance and 25 years touring of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, stars in this sampler. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Jeff Sebens. 

Highlighted are three characters from the works of Lee Smith: Ivy, the spunky mountain woman with a sensuous nature, from Fair and Tender Ladies; Alice, a feisty nursing home resident about to be kicked out of her writing group because her memories are not happy enough, from The Happy Memories Club; and Evalina, a young patient encountering Zelda Fitzgerald at Asheville’s Highland Hospital, from Lee Smith’s latest novel, Guests on Earth. 

RSVP is required. Please contact Kathy Olsen at 828.356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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