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04 Aug 1997

Simon came up with the idea for the evening a couple years ago, according to Walnut Street publicist Maria Sticco. The dramatist planned to stage it in London, but gave up on the project when he "couldn't cast it" properly. A version was presented at the 1997 Chichester Festival.



Simon came up with the idea for the evening a couple years ago, according to Walnut Street publicist Maria Sticco. The dramatist planned to stage it in London, but gave up on the project when he "couldn't cast it" properly. A version was presented at the 1997 Chichester Festival.

Hotel Suite's four scenes, are, in order: "Visitors from London" from California Suite, about an Oscar-nominated, English actress and her husband; "Visitor from Philadelphia," also from California Suite, about a couple from Phily, one of whom wakes up with a stranger; "Diana and Sydney" from London Suite, a second look at the English couple of the first scene; and "Visitor from Mamaroneck" from Plaza Suite, about a bride with pre-wedding jitters.

Charles Abbott will direct the show, which will fill the third slot in the Walnut Street's 1998-99 season. No casting has been announced. The show will open Jan. 20 and run through Feb. 8.

For now, there are no New York plans for the production. "I think [Neil Simon] believes other regional theatres will want to do it because he thinks it's a great combination," said Sticco. "But he didn't talk about New York."