Girlfriend Getaways

Girlfriend getaway
My friends look so sweet and innocent, don't they? Hah!
The Odd Couple: Female Version
Tam DeBolt and Kristin Staskowski star in Red Mountain Theatre's production of "The Odd Couple (Female Version)" in Birmingham, Alabama

If you ever get a chance to see “The Odd Couple (Female Version),” do it. It’s both funny and a wonderful snapshot of life in the 1980s, complete with big hair, pink velour track suits and Trivial Pursuit — remember all that???Sportswriter slob Oscar Madison becomes news-exec slob Olive, uptight obsessive-compulsive Felix becomes obsessive-compulsive super housewife Florence and the English Pigeon sisters become the Spanish Costazuela brothers. The best way to see it, of course, is with a bunch of your best friends. That’s what I did this past weekend when some of us saw “Odd Couple” at the Red Mountain Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. But really, the comedy on stage was nothing compared to what we five created on our own. Let’s see — scenes included confusion about our scheduled meeting place, confusion about our scheduled meeting time, a dash into Banana Republic for a finally-on-sale jacket with 15 minutes remaining before curtain time, confusion about directions to where the theater was, confusion about where we actually were going, discussion about whether the parking police checked spaces on Sunday afternoons and then applause all around as we finally made into the theater as the lights were going down. Our encore? One of us dropped a ceramic tile out of her purse — after all, you never know when you’ll need to match some tile —  as the intermission lights came up, causing an immense echoing clatter throughout the theater as the guilty party fled to the restroom and the rest of us, literally, fell out of our chairs laughing. I think we should audition for the next production, entitled “Golden Girls Gone Wild, or Can Our Heroines Stay Awake Past 5 p.m.?” I’m sure we’ll get rave reviews!

7 thoughts on “Girlfriend Getaways

  1. Oh Cathy I relived all of that just now laughing so hard I have tears rolling down my face. It was a blast! Thanks to all of you for such a fun day!! After all it wouldn’t be fitting if we didn’t have at least one incident while we were together.

  2. Your excursion of just getting to the theatre is hysterical, not to mention the tile falling out of a pocketbook. We, as women know it was probably to match something or another at some other time, but explain that to the other patrons. Thank you for making me laugh out loud!

  3. Cheryl — You’ve outed yourself now! See, you could have just remained anonymous!! Glad I made you laugh this morning. We did have fun, didn’t we? And thanks, Michele and Kathy, for having fun with us. Yes, the tile-dropper is redoing her kitchen, so she had an excuse for keeping a big heavy tile in her purse. But we’ll never let her forget it!

  4. It was a great few hours with special friends. Isnt it funny how laughter makes one feel! Jana really does have talent oozing and her speical way of sharing with others just multiplies those talents. Cheryl, thank you for getting us together–I missed precious Susan! submitted by tile dropper

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