A humorous confection divided into four parts:
In Visitor from New York, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah's well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.
The Visitor from Philadelphia is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband "en flagrante delicto" with a drunken hooker.
Visitors from London Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight.
The Visitors from Chicago are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.
Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best.
"For those of us who imagine Los Angeles as nothing but a long street in a desperate search of a parking lot, Neil Simon's California Suite [...] will come as a vast relief [...] Mr. Simon is writing at his ebullient best [...] his language has the grace of conversation we wish our friends could muster [...] makes us laugh so effortlessly." – The New York Times, Read More
"The incisiveness of his wit is driven by an insight into everyday humans and the cultures from which their habits are derived." – Chicago Theatre Beat, Read More
"The middle aged visitors had last night's middle aged audience laughing heartily." – NY Daily News
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: 1970s
- Setting: Four playlets whose action takes place in rooms 203 and 204 in the Beverly Hills Hotel.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
Visitor from Philadelphia
Visitors from London
- Ensemble cast
- Expandable casting
California Suite was first presented on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg and Robert Fryer at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City on June 10, 1976. It was directed by Gene Saks.