What is the role of your best friend? To support you unconditionally? To be brutally honest with you? To encourage you? To make you a better person? Perhaps the answer lies in all of the above. A best friend’s role is one that constantly changes and evolves. At times they will fulfill the role that you desire, other times they will fulfill the role that is needed. You would not be whole without that person and they would not be whole without you. You only know what that feels like if you have a best friend and how lucky you are if that’s the case! Meet Oscar and Felix- best friends and bosom buddies. Did I mention they also can’t stand each other?
Welcome to the wonderful world that is The Odd Couple. This delightful comedy, currently playing at the Arts Club Theatre until February 23rd, centres on the relationship between best friends at a time of crisis. After all- when else do you need your best friend the most? Encouraging one another while being empathetic of each other’s situations, the dynamic slowly shifts to one of exasperation. And again – who can annoy you more at times than your best friend? You know exactly how they think, behave, and react and sometimes there is nothing more frustrating than predictability.
That’s always the way it goes though isn’t it? One tends to be meanest to the people they love the most. Additionally, the people you love the most tend to occasionally have an uncanny way of annoying you to end; You cannot change that person and you know it. No matter how hard you try, in the end you are simply forced to accept them for who they are, embracing their faults and weaknesses along with their strengths . This is arguably the key to any successful relationship and certainly one which spans a lifetime.
One event which stood out from the night? A surprisingly dramatic interruption to the production in the form of an active fire alarm. The alarm went on for approximately two minutes, while the dedicated and professional actors continued to perform and the audience slowly began to question the disruptive noise ( after all- there was a roast in the oven!) The front of house team made an announcement that the show would be paused for several minutes while the apprehensive actors smiled and waved and quickly exited to an appreciative applause. Oh the joys of live theatre- it was certainly an opening night to remember!
Perhaps it is wise to keep in mind that life can always take you by surprise; a routine opening night made distinct by an unexpected scenario; A familiar relationship dynamic altered in the face of despair and change. No matter how predictable something, or someone might seem, there is always room for surprise- and thank god for that.
A wonderfully well cast group of actors, some hilarious physical comedy and great character performances make this a highly recommended production- Go and see it… and take your best friend!
As a theatre blogger for GVPTA, my ticket was provided free of charge to this production. That being said, opinions and statements made are my own. This is not a review, but a post meant to promote discussion within the Vancouver Theatre Community. GVPTA supports its member companies.