Two-man show gets up close and personal

'The Owl and the Pussycat'
'The Owl and the Pussycat'
'The Owl and the Pussycat'
'The Owl and the Pussycat'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Clashing personalities can make for an interesting night of entertainment.  Big Dawg Productions' newest show pits intellect against emotion.

It's called The Owl and the Pussycat by Bill Manhoff and features just two characters.  Felix Sherman is the intellectual one.

"[An] uptight writer with very specific ideas of society," said actor Alex Wharff.

Doris Wilgus is the emotional one.

"She is the whirlwind," said director Tamica Katzmann.  "She's also a movie star and an actress according to her.  That's her line."

They end up together after Felix sees Doris "turning tricks" and calls the landlord, eventually getting her kicked out of the building.  She shows up at his door at 2am.

"She pretty much crashes and turns his life upside down through a series of different incidents and events," said Katzmann.

"It's one of those weird love/hate relationships," said Wharff. "There's a clash of personalities that changes both of them, a lot of affection expressed through raised voices.  They kind of meet in the middle towards the end, but they don't really realize that's what they're doing."

"They each have something that the other is missing," said Katzmann.

It's an explosive two-man show, and the actors are up for anything every night.  Katzmann says she directed in the organic style, meaning whatever the actors feel like doing in the moment, they can do.

"The sense of excitement and fun that just happens between the two people, we never know where we're going to end up," said Wharff.

One place Wharff and Pamela Grier, who plays Doris, do end up is in the audience.

"The kitchen is actually in the audience and the audience will be around the stage, so when they have a fight they're literally going to have a fight about a foot in front of you," said Katzmann.  "It's slightly different and unique from what you've seen lately."

"That's kind of neat, new and fresh," said Wharff. "Let's go with it!"

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