The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.
April 27, 28, 29, 30 – May 1, 1982.
by Neil Simon
Act 1 – Visitor from Mamaroneck
Rosemary Biggs – Karen Nash
Brian Moulton – Sam Nash
Peter Joyce – Bellhop
Ronald Cheesman – Waiter
Sally Pumford – Jean McCormack
Act 2 – Visitor from Hollywood
Ronald Cheesman – Waiter
Barrie Bowen – Jesse Kiplinger
Miranda Bowen – Muriel Tate
Act 3 – Visitor from Forest Hills
Daphne Thornton – Norma Hubley
Ralph Dawes – Roy Hubley
Peter Joyce – Borden Eisler
Amanda Dawes – Mimsey Hubley
Stage Manager – Ronald Cheesman
Assistant – Susan Whittaker
Assistant – Margaret Davy
Assistant – Jill Redman
Set Design & Painting – Jill Hutchison
Lighting – Frank Hurrell
Lighting – Jonathan Dawes
Lighting – Ralph Sharp
Front of House Manager – George Porter
Front of House Decoration – Rosemary Biggs
Box Office – Frances Thorne
Box Office – Nicholas Thorne
Programme Design – Amanda Dawes
Programme Note #1: Plaza Suite
BD wrote: “I found Plaza Suite to be a delightful play – sometimes very funny, sometimes thought provoking but at all times a very good evening’s entertainment.
I do hope you will enjoy Plaza Suite as much as we have in rehearsal.”
Review #1: Plaza Suite
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Reviewer: Graham Oulds
Text Header: “The bride who said no…”
Illicit affairs and tormenting relationships abide in Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, currently being performed by the Wick Theatre Company at the Barn Theatre, Southwick. It is, in fact, three plays, each about the life of a guest in the Plaza Hotel, New York.
A middle-aged American couple return on their wedding anniversary, cunningly arranged by the wife, convincingly portrayed by Rosemary Biggs – all set for a replay of that magical night 23 years ago. Brian Moulton is too British but comes across well as her fiery husband. He is clearly not nostalgic. The tense atmosphere culminates in heated arguments and a confession to an affair with his secretary, played by Sally Pumford.
A Hollywood film director checks in for the second act. There is a nice performance from Barrie Bowen who fared better with the accent if not his words on the first night. After three unsuccessful marriages he meets up with his plain and innocent early sweetheart, characterised most enjoyably by Miranda Bowen. There is some interesting psychology on how a negative approach can be positive in wooing a man.
The final play revolves around the bathroom door where a bride-to-be has deliberately locked herself in. Daphne Thornton is superb as the anxious mother and Ralph Dawes rages commendably as the cost-conscious father. Both spend the entire act threatening, cajoling and enticing their daughter to come out. The bridegroom [Peter Joyce] however holds the real key. The humour and tragedy of the situation come across beautifully.