The Grand Theatre to close 2009 season with “The Odd Couple”
By: Samantha Costa
MONROE TWP. The historical Grand Theatre is hosting its final play of the season with “The Odd Couple,” a classic comedy that will be directed by John Blackwell. The play is set to take place Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12th at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.
Blackwell, who has been directing for 15 years, says he has not faced any problems yet. “The actors know what is expected of them and they deliver beyond my expectations. I let the actors find their characters within my outline of how I think they should be portrayed. They usually surprise me with their interpretations,” said Blackwell.
The two lead actors are being played by Roy Wilbur (Felix), and Damian Muziani (Oscar).
Wilbur has been involved with the performing arts off and on for 35 years, with his most recent production as Merlin in “Camelot” at the Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia, Pa.
He has worked with several theater groups across the country, from Michigan, to Florida, and New Jersey.
Wilbur became interested in acting for this play because he enjoys performing in comedic roles. “I’m having a really great time. It’s a role I really didn’t see myself in. I like to do comedy.”
Muziani, 40, has been involved with theater for roughly 6 years, but has mainly appeared on television. He can be seen on PHL17’s morning show, “Better Philly.”
His most recent performance before this role was also in “The Odd Couple,” at the Devon Theatre in Northeast Philadelphia, Pa. He found interest in taking part in this production because it is enjoyable for him. “I like theater a lot. It’s a lot of fun and great playing Oscar. I enjoy coming.”
Wilbur and Muziani are glad to be working together. “I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with,” said Wilbur.
Muziani thinks that an older crowd will most likely be attending the show. “There are gonna be old people. We want to make them think they saw a show in Philly or New York.”
The Grand Theatre has been hosting plays since it opened its doors in 1927. The Road Company Theatre Group has made the establishment its home in the past few years.
According to Blackwell, people from the surrounding communities, including people as far away as Philadelphia and Delaware have attended productions at The Grand Theatre.
Wilbur said, “I hope people take a new perspective away with them,” noting the comedic approach toward the seriousness of divorce portrayed in “The Odd Couple.”
“If we could touch one person it’s worth it,” said Muziani.
Tickets are now on sale, at $18.00 for adults, and $15.00 for seniors, children under 12, and students with a valid ID and can be purchased online at www.mycommunitytickets.com.