Matthew Scott Moore

The Odd Couple (Felix)

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple focuses on the adventures and misadventures of two not very compatible apartment-mates, both of them refugees from failed marriages. Ultimately, both go separate ways, but not before learning a few things about–and from–each other.

The Odd Couple has been one of our era’s most enduringly popular comedies, inspiring a hit Broadway show, a movie version (starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau), and a prime-time TV series (starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman). Audiences love the famed linguine scene (Felix: “It’s not spaghetti, it’s linguine!” Oscar: “Now it’s garbage!”), in which Oscar hurls one of Felix’s creations against the wall.

In NTID’s production, Matthew played the uptight, fastidious, obsessively neat-and-tidy Felix Ungar; Michael O’Connor played the relaxed, slovenly Oscar Madison. In reality, both actors got along fine. Each turned in memorable performances. Matthew recalls the gifted O’Connor as “a nice guy, very easy-going, very easy to work with”—high praise indeed.

Rehearsal scene.

Fun fact: In real life, Matthew is a notably neat, clean, well-organized person. Like Felix, he’s a good cook, but unlike Felix, he doesn’t drive people nuts with his neurotically prissy habits. He does run a tight ship, however.

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