OWOSSO, Mich.–– Owosso Community Players will present Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite this spring at the Lebowsky Center April 22 – 24 and April 29 – May 1. Audiences are bound to laugh during this portrait of three couples successively occupying Suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel.
Written by Tony Award winner Neil Simon, this wonderfully funny and classic comedy features a not-so-happy husband and wife, a man and his high school sweetheart, and a couple of worried parents sorting through their relationship issues. Audiences will find comfort in the sense that the three distinctly different scenarios portrayed by these talented actors have been played out in their own lives.
“In each uncomfortable moment, the embrace of comedy makes the awkward seem reasonable,” says director Michael Windnagle. “On the surface, you'll be entertained—but with a little digging and attention, you'll leave with ammunition for a discussion that is bound to take place soon.”
No matter the type of theatergoer, all audiences are sure to enjoy Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite.
Simon is widely known as one of America’s most popular playwrights, with many of his plays exposing human weaknesses and making audiences laugh at themselves simultaneously. He has received more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer.
Plaza Suite is one of many Neil Simon shows OCP has performed over the years, along with Barefoot in the Park, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Odd Couple.
“Obviously Neil Simon is brilliant, but what makes his shows so outstanding is the way they have you laughing all the way up to the poignant tears that are sure to come,” says Windnagle.
This show is full of strong leads with nearly all OCP veterans, save for a few newcomers. Cast members include Lyn Freeman as Karen, Artis White as Sam, Kelly Oginsky as both Jean and Mimsey, Quentin Brainerd as Jesse, Casey Voss as Murial, Timothy Ruwart as Roy, Connie Curran-Oesterle as Norma, and more.
Plaza Suite runs April 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., and April 24 and May 1 at 3 p.m. at the Lebowsky Center in Owosso. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors and students and $7.50 for children 13 and under. Tickets are available by calling 989.723.4003 or online atwww.owossoplayers.com/tickets. Plaza Suite is generously sponsored by Comstock Inn and Conference Center.