by Neil Simon
Directed by Deb Campbell
Sep 14,15,21,22,23 2018
From The Director: California Suite by Neil Simon is about relationships; the good, the bad and the hilarious! Neil Simon has a way of portraying relationships with a poignant sincerity and a bit of humor twisted in to make it real! This is the 40th Anniversary of Butterfield Stage! The first play to grace the stage 40 years ago was none other than Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite! This season we will be “looking back to our future.” All new productions will have a unique tie to past productions!
About The Play: Made into a film in 1978 starring Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Maggie Smith in the role which won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, “California Suite” is a humorous confection divided into four parts:
In “Visitor from New York”, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah’s well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.
The “Visitor from Philadelphia” is about a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband “en flagrante delicto”.
In “Visitors from London”, Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney who, unfortunately, cannot comfort Diana.
The “Visitors from Chicago” are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.
“California Suite” showcases Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best.