The Info List - Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite
is a comedy play by Neil Simon.


1 Plot 2 Background 3 Production 4 Film adaptations 5 References

5.1 Sources

6 External links

Plot[edit] The play is composed of three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York City's Plaza Hotel. The first act, Visitor From Mamaroneck, introduces the audience to not-so-blissfully wedded couple Sam and Karen Nash, who are revisiting their honeymoon suite in an attempt by Karen to bring the love back into their marriage. Her plan backfires and the two become embroiled in a heated argument about whether or not Sam is having an affair with his secretary. The act ends with Sam leaving (allegedly to attend to urgent business) and Karen sadly reflecting on how much things have changed since they were young. The second act, Visitor from Hollywood, involves a meeting between movie producer Jesse Kiplinger and his old flame, suburban housewife Muriel Tate. Muriel - aware of his reputation as a smooth-talking ladies' man - has come for nothing more than a chat between old friends, promising herself she will not stay too long. Jesse, however, has other plans in mind and repeatedly attempts to seduce her. The third act, Visitor from Forest Hills, revolves around married couple Roy and Norma Hubley on their daughter Mimsey's wedding day. In a rush of nervousness, Mimsey has locked herself in the suite's bathroom and refuses to leave. This is the most comic of the acts, filled with increasingly outrageous slapstick moments depicting her parents' frantic attempts to cajole her into attending her wedding while the gathered guests await the trio's arrival downstairs. The scene ends and they finally get married. Background[edit] The play originally had four acts, one of which was cut during pre-production. Simon later expanded it for the 1970 feature film The Out-of-Towners.[1] Production[edit] Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite
opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre
Plymouth Theatre
on February 14, 1968 and closed on October 3, 1970 after 1097 performances and two previews. Directed by Mike Nichols, the cast featured George C. Scott and Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
who appeared in each of the three acts with Bob Balaban in two acts.[2] Clive Barnes in his review for The New York Times wrote that "after a slow start with the first, warms up with the second and ends with an all-stops-out, grandstand finish with the third."[2] Later in the run, they were replaced by Dan Dailey, E. G. Marshall, Don Porter, Nicol Williamson, Barbara Baxley, and Peggy Cass. The play was profiled in the William Goldman
William Goldman
book The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway. Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. Neil Simon was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play
Tony Award for Best Play
but lost to Tom Stoppard for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Maureen Stapleton was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play but lost to Zoe Caldwell in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Noël Coward, who three years earlier had written Suite in Three Keys, later said of Plaza Suite, "Such a good idea having different plays all played in a hotel suite! I wonder where Neil Simon
Neil Simon
got it from?"[3] Film adaptations[edit] Simon adapted his play for a 1971 film starring Walter Matthau, Stapleton, Barbara Harris, and Lee Grant, but he was unhappy with the outcome. He felt the conceit of one actor playing the lead role in all three acts worked on stage but not on screen, especially if the actor was Matthau, who he felt was the right choice only for the beleaguered father-of-the-bride, Roy Hubley.[4] On December 31, 1982, HBO broadcast a production (shot in front of a live audience) starring Lee Grant
Lee Grant
and Jerry Orbach
Jerry Orbach
playing all three roles. In 1987, Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
starred in a television movie in which she portrayed all three female roles. Starring opposite her were Hal Holbrook as Sam Nash, Dabney Coleman
Dabney Coleman
as Jesse Kiplinger, and Richard Crenna as Roy Hubley. Burnett was also the executive producer.directed by Roger Beatty and Kenny Solms.[4][5] References[edit]

^ Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite
at Turner Classic Movies ^ a b Barnes, Clive. "Theater: 'Plaza Suite,' Neil Simon's Laugh Machine: 3 Farces at Plymouth Directed by Nichols Maureen Stapleton and George C. Scott
George C. Scott
Star", The New York Times, 15 Feb 1968, p.49 ^ Coward, Payn & Morley 2000, p. 676. ^ a b "Plaza Suite". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner. Retrieved October 9, 2016.  ^ Shirley, Don (December 3, 1987). "TV REVIEW : Carol Burnett Checks Into ABC's 'Plaza Suite,' Playing Three Roles". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles: Times-Mirror Company (1987–2000) Tribune Company (2000–14) Tronc, Inc. (2014–present). Retrieved October 9, 2016. 


Coward, Noel; Payn, Graham; Morley, Sheridan (2000). The Noël Coward Diaries (2nd Revised ed.). Boston: Da Capo Press. p. 676. ISBN 978-0306809606. 

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Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite
at the Internet Broadway Database Playbill for 1968 production

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Come Blow Your Horn
Come Blow Your Horn
(1961) Barefoot in the Park (1963) The Odd Couple (1965) The Star-Spangled Girl (1966) Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite
(1968) Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1969) The Gingerbread Lady (1970) The Prisoner of Second Avenue
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
(1971) The Sunshine Boys
The Sunshine Boys
(1972) The Good Doctor (1973) God's Favorite (1974) California Suite (1976) Chapter Two (1977) I Ought to Be in Pictures (1980) Fools (1981) The Female Odd Couple (1981) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983) Biloxi Blues (1985) Broadway Bound (1986) Rumors (1988) Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
(1991) Jake's Women (1992) Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
(1993) London Suite (1995) Proposals (1997) The Dinner Party (2000) 45 Seconds from Broadway (2001) Rose's Dilemma (2003) Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple (2004)


Little Me (1962) Sweet Charity
Sweet Charity
(1966) Promises, Promises (1968) They're Playing Our Song
They're Playing Our Song
(1979) The Goodbye Girl
The Goodbye Girl


After the Fox (1966) Barefoot in the Park (1967) The Odd Couple (1968) The Out-of-Towners (1970) Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite
(1971) Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972) The Heartbreak Kid (1972) The Prisoner of Second Avenue
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
(1975) The Sunshine Boys
The Sunshine Boys
(1975) Murder by Death
Murder by Death
(1976) The Goodbye Girl
The Goodbye Girl
(1977) The Cheap Detective
The Cheap Detective
(1978) California Suite (1978) Chapter Two (1979) Seems Like Old Times (1980) Only When I Laugh (1981) I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) Max Dugan Returns
Max Dugan Returns
(1983) The Lonely Guy
The Lonely Guy
(1984) The Slugger's Wife
The Slugger's Wife
(1985) Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) Biloxi Blues (1988) The Marrying Man
The Marrying Man
(1991) Broadway Bound (1992) Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
(1993) The Odd Coup