Podium Players to present Neil Simon’s classic comedy, ‘Plaza Suite’

By Podium Players
East Hampton - posted Mon., Feb. 11, 2013
The Podium Players will present Neil Simon’s classic three-act comedy, 'Plaza Suite.' Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Hilarity abounds in the Podium Players’ production of Neil Simon’s classic three-act comedy, “Plaza Suite.” The play is a portrait of three different couples who occupy Suite 179 in New York City’s Plaza Hotel.

Produced by David Schwartz, this play is one of Neil Simon’s most well known comedies. Audiences easily identify with Simon's witty and fast-paced dialogue about everyday situations.

In the first act, “Visitor from Mamaroneck,” not-so-blissfully-wedded couple Sam and Karen Nash (played by Ed Hobson and Gwen Lawson) revisit their honeymoon suite in an attempt by Karen to rekindle their love. Unfortunately, her plan doesn’t turn out the way she had hoped.

In the second act, “Visitor from Hollywood,” Hollywood producer and ladies’ man Jesse Kiiplinger (Jim Kane) has invited an old flame to the suite with plans for a little sexual diversion. But Muriel Tate (Allison Mohler), now a suburban housewife, is aware of his reputation and tells herself she is just going to catch up with an old friend.

The third act, “Visitor from Forest Hills,” revolves around Roy and Norma Hubley (Jim Hetrick and Christine Hopkins) on their daughter’s wedding day. Their daughter has locked herself in the bathroom, while the couple argues about the best way to coax her out of there and down to the wedding, where the guests await.

“Plaza Suite” first opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theater on Feb. 14, 1968, and ran for 1,097 performances. George C Scott and Maureen Stapleton were the featured performers in each act of the play that was directed by Mike Nichols. The original play had four acts, one of which was cut before Broadway, and later expanded by Simon, and made into a feature film, titled “The Out-of-Towners.”

The production will be held at the Goff House, 4 Barton Hill Road, in East Hampton on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 22 and 23, March 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. and the closing performance on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. Audiences are invited to bring their own wine or beer. Non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be available. Tickets are $12 and $10 for students and seniors. They will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance at www.podiumplayers.org.

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