On Friday, June 17, Coaster Theatre will open its first production of the 2011 Summer Repertory Season not with Boeing-Boeing, but with Neil Simon’s California Suite. Very recently, the rights to present Boeing-Boeing were suddenly restricted by Samuel French, Inc. “This is something that has never happened to us before, although royalty companies do retain the right to restrict the rights to any of the plays in their catalogue at any time,” says Coaster marketing person Pia Shepard.
In the true spirit of “the show must go on!” a new play was chosen, and the cast of Boeing-Boeing, director Julie Akers, the designers and everyone involved, quickly shifted gears without a moment to lose and began work on California Suite. Coaster Theatre thanks Julie and the entire cast for their flexibility, dedication and hard work!.
California Suite is Neil Simon at his best, with 4 playlets all set in one suite in The Beverly Hills Hotel sometime in the 1970s. There’s a magazine writer visited by her ex-husband, a British star and husband on their way to the Academy Award ceremonies, an unsuspecting wife with an untimely arrival, and two couples on a vacation they should never have shared. Laughter abounds with Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best.
The Gala Opening Night begins with a no-host wine tasting by The Wine Shack in the theatre lobby at 7:15pm, curtain up at 8pm and complimentary champagne and hors-d’oeuvres following the performance. Tickets are $20 & $15 on sale at the box office and on line. Coaster Summer Rep opens The Putnam County Spelling Bee ( a musical), July 1, and comedy The Mystery of Erma Vep, July 20. 503.436.1242/coastertheatre.com.