Neil Simon’s ‘Plaza Suite’ opens this Friday

Photo by Ian Lexvold Bill Roman and Joleen Meyer play a couple whose marriage is on the rocks in “Plaza Suite,” a Masquers Theatre production opening this week.

Bill Roman and Joleen Meyer play a couple whose marriage is on the rocks in “Plaza Suite,” a Masquers Theatre production opening Friday.

Masquers dinner theatre at Vannelli’s

Set in a hotel room at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the latest Masquers Theatre production is a three-act comedy showing three different relationships.

Masquers is partnering with Vannelli’s by the Lake to present a dinner theater show of “Plaza Suite” by Neil Simon.

The show will be presented on three weekends: Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Feb. 6-8 and Feb. 13-15. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Vannelli’s staff will start serving dinner at 6 p.m. (

On two Sundays, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, 2 p.m. matinees will be shown, preceded by dinner beginning at 12:30.

Tickets are $18 for just the play, or $36 with a chicken, walleye or steak dinner. They can be purchased at www.masquerstheatre.org.

According to producer Ian Lexvold, Acts 1 and 2 are more serious, but Act 3 is laugh-out-loud funny.

The first act shows a business owner, Sam Nash, and his wife, Karen, revisiting the hotel room where they honeymooned. The marriage is not going well. Bill Roman and Joleen Meyer play the married couple and Anna Klocksien, the secretary.

In Act 2, a man and woman who dated in high school get together again years later. Chris Beirwerth is Jesse, a Hollywood movie producer, and his old flame is portrayed by Rachel Meyer.

Act 3 is the only story not centered on infidelity. A bride, Mimsey Hubley, spends the entire scene locked in the bathroom while her parents try to convince her to come out. Anna Klocksien is Mimsey, and Bill Fauver and Janice Murphy Roman play Roy and Norma Hubley. Lexvold plays fiance Borden Eisler, the only person Mimsey allows into the bathroom.

“Plaza Suite” opened on Broadway in 1968 and has been adapted for film, including a 1971 film starring Walter Matthau playing the male lead in all three acts, and a 1987 a television movie with Carol Burnett playing all three female roles.

Plaza Suite was so popular that it led to two other similar plays, “California Suite” and “London Suite.”

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