Editor reviews

Why we think it's Essential: With snappy dialogue and laugh-out-loud moments, Neil Simon's classic stage play is one of many great audio productions by reknowned troupe L.A Theatre Works. Ed Asner is pitch perfect playing a hothead father on the day of his daughter's wedding; JoBeth Williams his equal in dual roles as jilted wife and nervous mother-in-law to be. I've seen this play before in the theatre and on film, but this audio production trumps them both. – Corey Thrasher
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Summary

Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel. A suburban couple takes a suite while their house is being painted, a Hollywood producer calls a childhood sweetheart for a little sexual diversion, and a mother and father fight about the best way to get their daughter, the bride, out of the bathroom and back to the wedding.
(P)1995 L.A. Theatre Works
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Critic reviews

"Another winner." ( The London Standard)
"All three are remorselessly anti-romantic love stories: outrageously funny, wincingly cruel." ( The London Times)
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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 23-12-12

Neil Simon's wonderful play of comedy and pathos.

Three short episodes linked by room 719 in the New York Plaza Hotel. In the first there is Sam Nash, a man longing for his energetic youth and Karen a wife, who wants partnership, respect, and love as they grow older together. In the second Jesse Kiplinger, the archetypal Hollywood mogul is longing for an authentic experience, but finding image-obsessed Muriel, who is happier with fantasy. Finally, in the funniest of the 3 plays, there is Roy Hubley, the father listing the staggering cost of the wedding that could crumble around him and the mother Norma, in constant and immediate fear of disaster but somehow enduring with more strength than she would admit.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John Lane on 10-10-12

I wish I could see the original play

Would you listen to Plaza Suite (Dramatization) again? Why?

Maybe, it's worth it but know the story so well having seen the movie.

What did you like best about this story?

The comedy actually comes off better in this audio than in the movie version. You can sense Neil Simon better.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but this has an all star cast. You recognize each voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did. It's not long at all. Like watching a movie.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 19-01-14

One location, a thousand unique stories

You know a play and its performers have done their job to perfection when they get you talking back to the characters while you're listening to the audiobook on the drive home. That's precisely what this audiobook had me doing, not because I found it rip-roaringly funny or even totally enjoyable to listen to, but absolutely engaging and engrossing in its clever and full portrayal of people and their quirks.

In these three short plays, set within a single suite of the Plaza hotel, you encounter people in a variety of circumstances and points in their lives. From a couple on their anniversary to a Hollywood mogel getting in touch with his past to the mother and father of the bride (and the bride), these plays look at life, love, hope and dreams, reality and ideals. Brilliant writing is coupled with talented and well-used voice talent, which makes this an audiobook well worth listening to.

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