Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel. A suburban couple takes a suite while their house is being painted, a Hollywood producer calls a childhood sweetheart for a little sexual diversion, and a mother and father fight about the best way to get their daughter, the bride, out of the bathroom and back to the wedding.
(P)1995 L.A. Theatre Works
"Another winner." (The London Standard)
"All three are remorselessly anti-romantic love stories: outrageously funny, wincingly cruel." (The London Times)
Maybe, it's worth it but know the story so well having seen the movie.
The comedy actually comes off better in this audio than in the movie version. You can sense Neil Simon better.
No, but this has an all star cast. You recognize each voice.
I did. It's not long at all. Like watching a movie.
Really enjoyed it.
Neil Simon is a master at presenting realistic characters with all their flaws gloriously laid out for us to observe. Plaza Suite is so named, as the three different playlets are all set in the same suite in the famous Plaza Hotel in New York. If the walls of hotel suites could talk, stories such as these would be told. The third play in the line-up, Visitor from Forest Hills, is particularly humourous and exquisitely acted.
You know a play and its performers have done their job to perfection when they get you talking back to the characters while you're listening to the audiobook on the drive home. That's precisely what this audiobook had me doing, not because I found it rip-roaringly funny or even totally enjoyable to listen to, but absolutely engaging and engrossing in its clever and full portrayal of people and their quirks.
In these three short plays, set within a single suite of the Plaza hotel, you encounter people in a variety of circumstances and points in their lives. From a couple on their anniversary to a Hollywood mogel getting in touch with his past to the mother and father of the bride (and the bride), these plays look at life, love, hope and dreams, reality and ideals. Brilliant writing is coupled with talented and well-used voice talent, which makes this an audiobook well worth listening to.
I forgot that I didn't really like most of Simon 's plays
Huge waste of my money
"Neil Simon's wonderful play of comedy and pathos."
Three short episodes linked by room 719 in the New York Plaza Hotel. In the first there is Sam Nash, a man longing for his energetic youth and Karen a wife, who wants partnership, respect, and love as they grow older together. In the second Jesse Kiplinger, the archetypal Hollywood mogul is longing for an authentic experience, but finding image-obsessed Muriel, who is happier with fantasy. Finally, in the funniest of the 3 plays, there is Roy Hubley, the father listing the staggering cost of the wedding that could crumble around him and the mother Norma, in constant and immediate fear of disaster but somehow enduring with more strength than she would admit.
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