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Neil Simon’s London Suite
September 15 to October 21, 2021
Humor and humanity abound in this third installation of Mr. Simon’s sweet “Suite” trilogy. Like an exquisite four-course dinner, we are treated to four wildly different stories that all take place in the same hotel room in London.
Matthew Broderick (on explaining why he and his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker, recently decided to go back to Broadway in a revival of Plaza Suite) said, “We all need a little Neil Simon now.”
And we are so thrilled to be able to present this fresh collection which includes full-out farce, tender comedy and takes us to the next chapter of Sidney and Diana introduced in California Suite.
THE GAME’S AFOOT or HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his acclaimed performances as Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members (from his most recent play) to his country home for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests meets with foul play, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim meets with a similar fate. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
TO GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE WE GO
A beautifully written play about grown children returning to the nest, and the emotional toll these extended childhoods exact on parents and grandparents. This dramatic comedy takes place at Grandie’s sprawling Connecticut Victorian home where she lives with her brother, her cook/companion and her eldest daughter.
The tradition of the young taking care of the old is reversed as financial hardships and marital mishaps lead grown grandchildren (of all ages) to seek recovery at Grandie’s. In many countries it’s fairly common for three generations to live together under one roof, but in America? How long will Grandie’s well-preserved apron strings stretch?
THE DESPERATE HOURS
Influenced by actual events back in the 1950s, Joseph Hayes wrote a critically praised debut novel, adapted it into a Tony Award-winning Broadway hit (with Paul Newman) and saw it emerge in 1955 as a high caliber Hollywood movie (starring Frederick March). It tells the story of a trio of escaped bank robbers who take a suburban family and hold them hostage by turning their tranquil, secluded home into a secret hideout from the law.
Father, mother, daughter and son are captive and have their mettle tested as they try to prevail over a terrifying situation. Hayes’ storytelling is gripping and this taut thriller races to a breathtaking conclusion.