April 12, 2013 - Metro Community News - Plaza Suite
Come for a stay with the
Lancaster Regional Players at the 'Plaza Suite' Hotel
LANCASTER- Reviving a Neil Simon classic, the Lancaster Regional Players are welcoming guests to the "Plaza Suite" Hotel as they perform Simon's earliest and most popular works at the Lancaster Opera House.
"Plaza Suite" is a collection of three acts each with different plot lines, with the only similarity of them unfolding in Suite 719 of New York's posh and pricey Plaza Hotel.
The play premiered on Broadway in 1967 and ran for 1,097 performances.
The first act consists of a couple whose 20-plus year marriage has gone sour; the second act features former high school sweethearts meeting for the first time since the onetime teen boyfriend's current success as a big-time Hollywood producer; and the third act sets in on a pair of stressed parents whose daughter has locked herself in the bathroom on her wedding day and won't come out.
Each scene brings a new couple to stay in the same suite in a famous old New York City hotel. In the original production, the two stars played the leading roles in all three acts, but in this performance Lancaster Regional Players Director David Hall decided to maximize the characters' individuality by using new leads in each scene.
"I just felt as an audience it is more interesting to see three different groups of people rather than the same two actors playing different roles," remarked Hall. "I feel like I have three different shows going on here, which is fun for me. Each play is distinctively different."
Performing in the third act of "Plaza Suite" Hank Garcia, plays Borden Eisler, the bridegroom; Elizabeth Mitchell, plays Mimsey Hubley, the bride; Ann Grimaldi, performs as Norma Hubley; and Dan Morris, plays the role of Roy Hubley, a volatile, explosive businessman, who is nervous and frightened since his daughter is getting married.
"This act I always felt should be played over the top," said Hall. "I worked with Dan and Ann in other shows and I knew what they were capable of. When they got up at the audition and read together, I knew I was an idiot if I didn't cast them together. They just click."
Grimaldi, who is a resident of West Seneca, has been performing in theater for about 36 years and this is her first time working with the Lancaster Regional Players.
"There are some ways I can relate to my character, but in the ways I don't relate to her, I try to create a background as far as what Norma is, what's she about, and what was it like when she was a child growing up. I try to develop who she was."
When asked in what way she relates to Norma, Grimaldi's laughter filled the air as she exclaimed "I'm loud."
Playing her better half in the show, Williamsville resident Morris is also a first timer with the regional players. As a seasoned theater vet, Morris has performed in theater for many years and just enjoys "being somebody else for a little while."
"When you're here for a couple of hours you're somebody else and it is an awesome escape," said Morris.
Morris said he has a daughter so it makes playing the role of a father easier for him, however she is not to the marrying age yet, but he can understand some of things his character talks about.
"The play is very entertaining and very well written," said Morris. "It is what people would expect from a Neil Simon show. I think the cast members would agree that our director is outstanding in picking the right people for the roles. So, anyone who comes to the show is going to see three well acted plays with the right people playing the right roles."
The show also stars Catherine Burkhart, Scot Kaitanowski, Ron Leonardi, Tara Potzler, and Jacob Sauer.
Performances for "Plaza Suite" are now through April 21, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. The Lancaster Opera House Box Office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before curtain on show nights.
The Lancaster Opera House is located on the second floor of the Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., in Lancaster. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 683-1776 or on the Web at www.LancOpera.org.
Lancaster Regional Players, PO Box 51, Lancaster, NY 14086