TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 1985, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple gets a revised and reversed revival at the Broadhurst Theatre. Gene Saks directs Rita Moreno as Olive Madison and Sally Struthers as Florence Unger in the play that was originally written for men. The production will play 295 performances before closing on Feb. 23 of the following year.
The traffic jam scene where Robert (Jack Nicholson) barks at the dog (pictured above), climbs in the back of the truck and starts playing the piano on the freeway (pictured above) is the best thing I’ve ever seen Jack Nicholson do. It’s better than the “Here’s Johnny” part of the Shining.
The rest of the film is solid, as we follow or misogynist musician protagonist through a bout of soul-searching and romance. Sally Struthers is terrific, Karen Black is better.
“If a man is pictured chopping off a woman’s breast, it only gets a R rating, but if, God forbid, a man is pictured kissing a woman’s breast, it gets an X rating. Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness?”
Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers stars as unshakable matchmaker Dolly Levi in the 50th anniversary tour of the Tony Award-winning Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly! Over 70 cities are planned for the tour, including Scranton, PA; Erie, PA; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI; Pensacola, FL; Birmingham, AL; Sioux City, IA, Spokane, WA; Fresno, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Boise, ID; Shreveport, LA; Galveston, TX; and more into 2014.