Oscar Madison is the sort of happy-go-lucky slob who every married man envies. He's a laidback sportswriter who casually leaves his dirty clothes on the floor of his New York City apartment, while also hosting nightly poker games with the fellas.

Oscar Madison is the sort of happy-go-lucky slob who every married man envies. He's a laidback sportswriter who casually leaves his dirty clothes on the floor of his New York City apartment, while also hosting nightly poker games with the fellas.

Then there's Felix Unger, one of Oscar's poker buddies. Felix is a hypochondriac and neat-freak who believes everything should have a particular place and order. Felix's obsessive-compulsive disorder has forced his wife to file for divorce and boot him out of their home. So Oscar (Steve Caporiccio), who's already divorced and paying child support, lets the depressed Felix (Paul Janiga) move in with him. It all seemed like a grand plan ─ two poker buddies living it up as roomies ─ until they realized they can't live together without killing each other.

This is the comedic tale of Neil Simons' classic play "The Odd Couple," which the Kent County Theatre Guild will present at the Patchwork Playhouse this entire weekend. The final show date is Feb. 8.

'Oscar and Felix are married'

Caporiccio plays a bachelor in Oscar. But he's actually married in real life. Ironically, however, he says his experience being hitched has helped him to portray his single, lazy character.

"Oscar and Felix are married," said Caporiccio, of Dover. "What happens in the play are all the same things that happen with married couples. The fights that they have about who put their foot up on the table and who didn't, cooking, this that and the other things ─ it's just like you're married. You bring that experience of being married to this."

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Director John Muller, who has already directed "The Odd Couple" for two different theater groups, has come back to the show for a third time because he's drawn to Simon's witty script.

"In every single play he's written, he's an expert at knowing when exactly to give the audience that little push for the comedy," said Muller, who resides in Dover.

Near the end of the show lies one of Muller's favorite lines. The backdrop to the scene centers on Felix and Oscar no longer speaking to each another. Felix decides to leave Oscar notes around the apartment, and he signs them with the initials of his first and last name.

"Oscar has a great line in the show when he and Felix are having that meltdown and he says, 'It took me three hours to figure out that 'F. U.' stood for 'Felix Unger,'" Muller explains. "It's just one of those lines that's so funny because, really, if you were so mad at somebody and they were leaving little notes around the house that said, 'F. U.' on them, you'd think it'd mean something else."

IF YOU GO

WHAT Kent County Theatre Guild Presents "The Odd Couple"

WHEN 8 p.m., Friday; 8 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday; Final show date is Sunday, Feb. 8

WHERE Patchwork Playhouse, 140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover

COST $18 for adults; $16 for students, military and seniors

INFO Visit kctg.org or call 674-3568