LIMA — Encore Theatre closes out its season with “Plaza Suite,” a comedy by Neil Simon.
The play has three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York City’s Plaza Hotel. The play opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre Feb. 14, 1968, and closed Oct. 3, 1970.
“The show was written in 1968 by Neil Simon and so we’re keeping it in that time period. The show was written with 1960s mores and styles and the relationships between men and women. But there are universal themes that carry over into today,” said Chris Butturff, producer and actor.
The play is directed by Ron Hesseling, who has directed probably around eight to 10 plays.
“We have seven actors. A couple of those actors are playing more than one character. Overall, we have 12 characters appear onstage, with seven actors,” Hesseling said. “We have a great cast. They’re working hard on their characters and the cast is really coming together well. The actors are interacting very well together.”
The play is a comedy, but each act has its own blend of comedy.
“The show is made up of three individual stories in three acts. They are made up of couples in various stages in life. I would describe the first act as a comedy/drama; the second act as a romantic comedy and the third act as a flat-out comedy farce. So it gets lighter as the show goes on,” Butturff said. “It’s a very funny show.”
Due to the overall theme of the play, love and marriage, Butturff gives it a PG rating.
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