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Television and Broadway standouts Marsha Mason, Bruce Davison, Dennis Boutsikaris, and Amy Pietz join forces to play ten characters in four skits in this perennial Neil Simon favorite. The action and laughs may all take place in various rooms of a fancy Beverly Hills hotel but the accents and attitude are all very much East Coast. There’s wonderful moment in the opening sketch between Mason’s character and Davison’s character, who had moved to L.A. She asks why he "gave up analysis," and he replies, "I went sane." What a perfect analogy for what these five couples expect from California - the hope for change and renewal. In their voices the listener can hear California is not just a place on the map it’s a state of mind.

Summary

Visitors try to retrieve lost daughters, remember drunken nights, deal with denial in a big way best friends coming unraveled. Just like Simon’s Plaza Suite (also available from L.A. Theatre Works), we have four couples who separately inhabit the same Beverly Hills hotel suite, bringing along their problems, anxieties, and comical marital dilemmas.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Dennis Boutsikaris, Bruce Davison, Marsha Mason, and Amy Pietz. “Visitor from New York” - Marsha Mason as Hannah Warren; Bruce Davison as William Warren. “Visitor from Philadelphia” - Dennis Boutsikaris as Marvin Michaels; Amy Pietz as Millie Michaels. “Visitors from London” - Marsha Mason as Sidney Nichols; Bruce Davison as Diana Nichols. “Visitors from Chicago” - Dennis Boutsikaris as Mort Hollender; Amy Pietz as Beth Hollender; Bruce Davison as Stu Franklyn; Marsha Mason as Gert Franklyn. Directed by Gwenn Victor. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in February 2010.

©2011 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2011 L.A. Theatre Works

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