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- Michael Whitty
Several characters arrive at the Beverly Hills hotel around Oscar time with one of them a nominee and the rest of them there for their own needs. Alan Alda and Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor, Michael Caine and Maggie Smith, Walter Mathau and Elaine May all have their stories while at the hotel. This came after Neil Simon's big hit of "The Goodbye Girl" and "California Suite" keeps the adultish fun going. They all have their problems to solve before leaving as the comedy is more intellectual.
"California Suite" on Stage
- Arnold Rovner
The Cane Bay Players of the Del Webb Community, Charleston, SC are performing this Neil Simon play to the delight of our residence audience. It a play that is NOT the usual laugh riot of "The Odd Couple" as performed by our actors a year previously, however it does have it's moments. There are 4 segments in the play. As Director of Segments 1 and 3, I am taken with the bitter and comical exchanges between the characters. Simon's use of shock words to the contrary, the audience must listen closely to hear the lines as each actor mouths the sarcasms and clever come backs. Segments 2 and 4 contain the comedic aspects of a Simon play. Thus we have interesting characters playing off of each other's egos in such a manner as to reveal true confessions, vulnerability and the aftermath of having to experience defeat. In Segment 1, we witness the acquiescence of a mother losing a daughter to an ex-husband who does not have custody but a West Coast life style appealing greatly to daughter Jenny.In segment 3 the loss of an Academy Award for a comedic role by an actress whose background was primarily in serious theater on stage in her prime. In addition living a marriage of convenience with a loving and caring homosexual husband. It is no wonder that Maggie Smith won an Oscar for her role as Diana in Segment 3. Some critics may be a bit too harsh in their reviews. This play may not have been vintage Neil Simon for comedic value but it does portray characters in true-to life situations that command an audience attention.
So many good actors in such a ridiculous movie!
Neil Simon was overrated back then and he has not aged well. Painful to watch.
couldn't have said it better
- george's girl
to Don Letta....one word...ditto
Simon gets away with murder
- Don Letta
Everything to loathe about Simon in one fell swoop. Each episode, more self conscious than the next. The Black episode should have been banned by the NAACP, the Alda-Fonda episode, the most Simonesque bit of unreality ever written...or uttered. Don't dare compart it to Plaza Suite...it isn't even it's evil step mother. Is there a below zero on the one-to-ten scale?An offensive misuse of two hours of my life.
- Maria Ramos
So enjoyed this movie. Loved Jane and Alan sparing off of each other. Walter Matthau with the hooker, I couldn't stop laughing especially when he tried to put on her panty hose! Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby to see them together was interesting. Maggie Smith and Michael Caine icing on the cake. Maggie Smith so deserved that Oscar!
The West coast version of "Plaza Suite." What a twist of fate for Smith to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar as an Oscar loser, great performance from her and the rest of the ensemble. Simon was nominated for adapting his own play to the screen, the Alda-Fonda story could have been it's own separate film and the jokes seem mean and bitter at times. An okay, but funny film, nonetheless. I give it a 3.5/5.