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The Odd Couple

Posted on February 28, 2023

This week in 1965, Neil Simon's The Odd Couple opened at the Colonial, starring Walter Matthau and Art Carney.
Simon went on to credit Boston critic Elliot Norton with helping him develop the third act of the play. Norton enjoyed the show but told Simon “You know what I missed in the third act? I missed the Pigeon Sisters.” Simon went on to take Norton’s advice by rewriting the third act and reintroducing the Pigeon Sisters.
The Odd Couple went on to win four Tony Awards including Best Author of a Play for Neil Simon.