The selection of Neil Simon's comedy The Odd Couple, and
the show that immediately followed it, Play it Again, Sam,
started out with the producer asking me whether I thought it would
be possible to do two shows on the same set.
After I indicated that it could, as long as the two shows had
the same type of location (i.e., an apartment) and the same stylistic
treatment, the two shows were selected. The challenging part was
that Play it Again, Sam required four "secret"
doors which had to be planned and built into the Odd Couple
set but be totally invisible until needed for Sam. As a result,
both shows were conceived and designed at the same time, incorporating
the doors as well as allowing for the changes that would be required.
Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Hayward, CA