About the play
In May 2016, Glenbrook Players was excited to present the third of Neil Simon's Suite Series.
London Suite (which follows on from the popular Plaza and California Suites) consists of four one-act plays all set in the same ritzy London hotel. Two of the plays will be directed by Dot Ward, Diana and Sidney and The Man on the Floor; and two directed by Ainslie Yardley, Settling Accounts and Going Home.
Set design is by Karen Mulvihill-Wray, lighting by Paul Hardaker and sound by Caroline MacDonald.
Neil Simon’s Suite of four plays are linked by their location in one classy London hotel and most importantly by their focus on those wonderful comic moments that emerge in close long-term relationships. Simon is one of the world’s most successful playwrights, drawing extensively from his own life in his writing for theatre and film: his New York Jewish heritage, his five marriages, his three children and his creative professional relationships. Each of the plays is stylistically different to match the personalities of his characters and their stories, with all their foibles and flaws.
Settling Accounts drips with sarcasm, pent up anger and irony while Going Home is a gentle, playful and affectionate piece that reflects on familial love and new beginnings.
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the talented and dedicated casts in these two plays who have brought these characters to life with passion and insight – and a delight to work in tandem with Dot Ward to animate these plays and bring them to the stage.
Thanks to Karen Mulvihill-Wray for a sophisticated and coherent set that frames the actors beautifully, and our wonderful lighting and sound designers, Paul Hardaker and Caroline MacDonald.
Thanks as always to a stellar backstage and front of house crew without whom no play would find its way to opening night.
It has been a pleasure to once more direct a Neil Simon script. The plays are little gems, well written and fun to present. Diana and Sidney is a love story with some witty lines and a surprise ending, Man on the Floor reminds us that Neil Simon loves slapstick and as a young man often attended the films of comedians such as The Three Stooges, Abbot and Costello and other comedians of that period, and that he has frequently used this form of humour in his plays. I thank Karen Wray for the simple but elegant set that she has designed, and Stephen Wray for building the set. I thank the casts for their energy and skills in bringing the characters to life.
Relax and enjoy the fun!