There are two things that the visitors from New York, Philadelphia, London, and Chicago who make up “California Suite” all share. First, they all stay in to the same suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel at different times. Second, they are flawed, complex human beings. “California Suite,” opening this Thursday at Stage Coach Players, allows audiences to share the Beverly Hills Hotel suite with these guests and experience the custody-battle of New York visitor, the in-your-face infidelity of the Philadelphia visitors, the tender, bitter-sweet love of the London visitors, and the discordance at the end of a vacation with best-friends featuring two couples from Chicago.
“She loves me but she doesn’t like me,” says Hannah, the mother struggling with the fact that her daughter ran away to Los Angeles to live with her father in Visitor from New York. “She’s afraid of me. She’s intimidated by me. She respects me but wouldn’t want to become like me. We have a normal mother and daughter relationship.”
Which is just one example of why Samuel French describes “California Suite” as Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best. The play is a dramatic comedy that will have audiences laughing and perhaps relating to some of the struggles of modern American life.
With sharp, purposeful dialogue, “California Suite” is clever and fun. Sponsored by Compass Travel, it opens this Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Stage Coach Players theater, 126 S. Fifth St., in DeKalb and runs through the 2 p.m. matinee on Sun., Aug. 20, 2017. Tickets are $15 each are available in person the box office, by calling (815) 758-1940, or online at www.stagecoachers.com. Senior and child discounts are available.