Friday, 14 December 2018

Simon play explores the theatre of hotels

A HOTEL room can only be exciting. The decor and facilities hardly matter — it’s the very fact

A HOTEL room can only be exciting. The decor and facilities hardly matter — it’s the very fact of being there that means something big or drastic or at the very least eventful is happening in your life.

That’s the theme behind Neil Simon’s timeless

Plaza Suite
at the Corn Exchange, Wallingford, from Tuesday, July 14, to Saturday, July 18.

The Sinodun Players sport a talented and experienced cast for this trilogy set in one hotel suite in the New York Plaza.

Every day a new drama emerges in the suite, as it does in so many hotels and rooms around the world. We see one marriage ending, another on the verge of starting, and an affair beginning.

Director Marilyn Johnstone says: “Hotels are us living on the edge — we’re there because something out of the ordinary is happening.

“It might be a wedding, a party, an affair, a conference, a holiday, or because something awful has happened at home. Whatever it is we go to hotels for something special.

“They are, in their way, a constant living theatre.”

Plaza Suite
is set in the Sixties but its language and situations could be taken from today.

The only things missing are mobile phones and tablets — the drama of being found out, the tension of seduction, even the desperation of pre-marriage doubt all still exist now as they have done through the centuries.

Plaza Suite
is three one-act plays centred on one place. The cast includes Jay Berry and Pete Smithson in the first, Ginny Avery and Kevin Goodfellow in the second, and John Jones and Gloria Wright in the third.

“Corn Exchange regulars will know the level of talent which has been assembled for this witty show,” says Marilyn.

Tickets are £10, available from the Corn Exchange box office 01491 825000 or online at

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