George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky Will Be Roommates in Chicago Odd Couple
31 Jan 2012
Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, has snagged Chicago comedy stars Tim Kazurinsky and George Wendt for a production of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, for a fall 2012 production under the direction of artistic director BJ Jones.
In the comedy about mismatched roommates whose marriages have failed, Kazurinsky, a veteran of "Saturday Night Live" (1981-84), will play fussy Felix Unger. (He's currently in rehearsals for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream.)
Wendt — of Chicago's Second City, TV's "Cheers," Broadway's Art and Elf and Northlight's 2002 world-premiere production of Rounding Third — will be sloppy Oscar Madison.
The comedy will launch Northlight Theatre's 2012-13 season starting Nov. 2, for a limited run. Additional titles will be announced.
Simon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-winning playwright of Lost in Yonkers, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Biloxi Blues, Barefoot in the Park and more.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.