The Odd Couple
Neil Simon
1965

An odd choice for this list, perhaps, but given the huge success of the movie version, the spin-off into television, and continued regular performances of the original, Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple has indeed made its way into our general consciousness – and has spawned endless imitations.

One room-mate neat and anal-rententive, the other slovenly and as laid-back as they come, two child-hood friends find themselves sharing quarters, causing no end of misunderstandings, rows, and lessons about frustration, trust and friendship.

Neil Simon doesn’t write especially literary stuff; his plays are entertainment, pure and simple. They are, however, hugely successful, enduring stories. And The Odd Couple, in particular, has grown from play to phenomenon to cultural reference point.

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