by Neil Simon
Sep 14,15,21,22,23 2018
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.