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Neil Simon comedy at the Historic Everett Theatre

 

September 16, 2010



Four unique stories are set in one hotel room in “London Suite.”

Red Curtain Productions kicks off the live theatre season at the Historic Everett Theatre with a two-weekend run of “London Suite” by Neil Simon, America’s favorite playwright, Sept. 16 through Sept. 26. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 8 p.m ., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

"London Suite" is a collection of four playlets set in the same suite of an old but fashionable hotel in London. Each story features a unique collection of characters and style, from a taut revue sketch to a sentimental comedy, a comedy-drama, and finally an unbridled farce. Expect Simon's characteristic comic one-liners, freewheeling sight gags and a sudden ambush of poignancy in Red Curtain Productions’ season-opener.

Local community theatre favorites Asa Sholdez, Scott B Randall and Leslie Foley are featured in the play, which is directed by Margie Slovan, a veteran of Seattle’s Freehold Theatre program.

In “Settling Accounts.” Sholdez portraysWelsh writer Brian Cronin, who suspects his manager Billy Fox (Randall) of plotting to run off with his money.

“Going Home” tells the story of a mother and daughter on a European shopping trip. Lauren convinces her mother to go on a date with an elderly man, even though Sharon is heavily against it.

Simon resurrects “Diana and Sidney,” two characters from his earlier play “California Suite,” continuing their story in London. A divorced couple, Diana is an actress, and Sidney is now living with his male partner.

In the final scene, “The Man on the Floor,” an American couple is in London for the Wimbledon championships. Their plans are put on hold with hilarious results when Anne loses the tickets, Mark's back gives out, and they are asked to move because they have accidentally been given Kevin Costner's suite.

"London Suite" runs two weekends, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military, and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com <http://www.brownpapertickets.com> or at the theatre's box office, (425) 258-6766.

Red Curtain’s Season Flex Pass, which offers five shows for $50, is available through the run of “London Suite” for the 2010-2011 season.

Red Curtain Productions is the producing entity of Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit arts education organization located in north Snohomish County. Visit http://www.redcurtainfoundation.org <http://www.redcurtainfoundation.org> for information.

 

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