'Odd Couple (female Version)' On Stage At Hcc Theater

September 08, 1991

Phoenix Festival Theater, in residence at Harford Community College,will present the Neil Simon comedy, "The Odd Couple (Female Version)" on weekends, Friday through Sept. 22, in the college's Chesapeake Theater.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday performances and 3 p.m. for the Sunday matinees.

In the play, Florence Unger is having problems -- her marriage ison the rocks, and when she goes to her good friend Olive Madison forhelp she ends up driving Olive crazy with her compulsive neatness. Sparks fly as Florence starts a new life with a little help from her friends Mickey, Renee, Vera and Sylvie, not to mention the zany, but always polite, Costazuela brothers.

Members of the audience will recognize seasoned company veterans and meet newcomers during a champagne reception with the cast and crew following opening night Friday.

Pamela Conner, who will portray Olive Madison, teaches sixth grade language arts at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air. She has been involved in local theater for the past 17 years. Her favorite roles include Ruth in "Blithe Spirit," Miss Mackay in "The Prime of Miss JeanBrodie" and the title role in "Mame." She lives in Bel Air with her children Jeffrey and Rachel.

Karen Costanzi, who can be seen in the role of Sylvie, is returning to PFT after 10 years. She first appeared in "The Nutcracker" in 1982. Since then, she has been active in theater in Harford, Baltimore and Cecil counties. Costanzi has returned to college full time and is a senior at UMBC majoring in theater. She and her husband, Vincent, live in Aberdeen.

Peggy Hart (Renee) danced in the Phoenix's "Pal Joey" eight years ago and most recently appeared in and was the dance coach for the PFT's "George M." She also co-choreographed John Carroll's "The Music Man."

Anne Ober (Vera) is making her Phoenix debut. A mother of three who worked as director of health services at Villa Maria, she is involved in pediatric AIDS research and Harford County education subcommittee work. She recently performed with the Long Green Valley and Fairview Players. Her theatrical experience includes "Finian's Rainbow," "The Music Man," "The King and I" and "My Fair Lady."

Barbara Mank (Florence Unger) isthe real-life wife of Greg Mank (Manolo). She is making her first appearance with PFT, but has worked extensively with other groups over the past 25 years. Among her favorite performances are Abigail Adams in "1776," Vera Charles in "Mame," Lily Garland in "On the Twentieth Century," Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," Muriel Tate in "Plaza Suite,"Bobbie Michelle in "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and Ado Annie in "Oklahoma."

She most recently portrayed Emily Brent in the Fairview Players' production of "Ten Little Indians." Mank is a telecommunications consultant with Integrated Systems Planning and lives in Delta, Pa., with her husband and three children.

Greg Mank (Manolo Costazuela) has directed and acted in more than 70 productions -- ranging from Shakespeare to the evil Barnaby of "Babes in Toyland." His favorite roles include Harold Hill in "The Music Man," He in "I Do! I Do!," Father Rivard in "The Runner Stumbles," which he directed for Spotlighters, and Cervantes/Quixote in "Man of La Mancha."

He's directed many shows for the Long Green Valley Playhouse and recently completeda long run as Gaston Leroux in Oregon Ridge Dinner Theater's record-breaking "The Phantom of the Opera." Mank is the author of 10 published books on cinema and theater history and is a lecturer in English for HCC's Evening College.

David Sigmon (Jesus Costazuela) started post-high school acting with the Edwin Booth Theater group in 1990 in"Reservation for Murder." Last year, he portrayed Sgt. Duffy and Henry in PFT's "Sorry, Wrong Number" and "The Hitchhiker." He played Bobin "Four on a Garden" with the Aberdeen Players and was back with EBT in "The Making of a Trial." Sigmon has lived in Harford County withhis wife and two children for the past 11 years and works as a lead system analyst with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland.

Helen Sotiriou (Mickey) is making her debut with the PFT. She has studied acting under director Barry Feinstein at the Fells Point Corner Theater for one year.

Tickets, which are available at the Chesapeake Theaterbox office, are $8 for the Friday and Saturday performances and $7 for the matinees. The Phoenix offers a $1 discount for senior citizensand $4 discount for children 10 and younger.

Information: 836-4211.

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