For its spring production. Playmakers
performed Plaza Suite which is one of the biggest hits from Broadway's
most popular playwright, Neil Simon. A richly comic play, Plaza
Suite's immense popularity spawned two other "suite"
plays, California Suite and London Suite. The play is set in
the late 1960's and takes place in the Plaza Hotel overlooking
Central Park in New York City.
Robert and Jill from
John and Wendy from Scene
Robert with newcomer
Dee Dee and Lenny give
The play is in three acts, each
featuring a different couple who stay in room 719. The first
couple has been married 23 years and she has booked the room
to celebrate the couple's anniversary and the result is not what
the female half of the couple had planned. The male half of the
second couple is a Hollywood producer, who after three marriages,
is looking for fresh fields. He calls and invites his, now married
high school sweetheart, who idolized him from afar, to room 719
for a drink. And during the meeting, he gets more than he bargained
for. The third couple is a mother and father who are in the hotel
because their only daughter is about to be married. She locks
herself in the bathroom and won't come out. Her parents fight
over the best way to get the soon-to-be married daughter out
of the locked bathroom and down to the ballroom where guests
wait the nuptials. They all communicate by passing messaging
under the bathroom door.
The play is directed by Playmakers
Board President, Lenny D. Minutillo, Jr. who has assemble an
outstanding cast. Ann Dole takes on the roles of Jean McCormack
and Mimsey Hubley; Dolores Alton is Norma Hubley; Jill Lane,
a comedic wonder is a popular Playmakers performer, and last
seen in this season's Rumors plays Karen Nash; John Carambat,
one of the more versatile actors ever to step on Playmakers'
stage is ideally cast as the Hollywood producer, Jesse Kiplinger;
a Playmakers' favorite, Robert Jahncke takes on the dual roles
of Sam Nash and Roy Hubley; Stephen Grush plays the bell-hop,
waiter; and Wendy Schneider portrays Muriel Tate.
The play opened Friday, April
12 at 8:00pm.
About Neil Simon
Marvin Neil Simon was born in
the Bronx on July 4, 1927
During the course of his career,
Simon has won three Tony Awards for Best Play (The Odd Couple,
Biloxi Blues and Lost in Yonkers). He has had more plays adapted
to film than any other American playwright and, in addition,
has written nearly a dozen original screen plays.
He received the Academy Award
nominations for his screen plays The Odd Couple (1968), The Sunshine
Boys (1975) and California Suite (1978). He has also been the
recipient of the Antoinette Perry Award, the Writers Guild Award,
the Evening Standard Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle
Award, The Shubert Award, the Outer Circle Award, and a 1978
Golden Globe Award for his screen play, The Goodbye Girl.
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