California Suite: A New Comedy

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Random House, 1977 - American drama - 112 pages
"Four playlets, each of which takes places in a suite of the Beverly Hills Hotel, comprise this wacky comedy: 'Visitors from New York'--in which a divorced couple (he's now California macrobiotic and she's New York business-executive chic) meet to discuss their daughter's future. 'Visitors from Philadelphia'--in which a family man in town for his nephew's bar mitzvah wakes up to find a very drunk call girl (thoughtfully supplied by his brother-in-law) in his bed, just when his wife is expected. 'Visitors from London'--in which a middle-aged British couple comes to grips with what they are: she's a neurotic actress, being particularly neurotic about an Academy Award nomination, and he's a homosexual antiques dealer. 'Visitors from Chicago'--in which two couples, who thought they were the best of friends, find out what it's really like to take a long vacation together."--Jacket flap.

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Marvin Neil Simon was born in the Bronx, New York on July 4, 1927. He attended New York University as an enlistee in the Army Air Forces Air Reserve training program. He continued his studies at the University of Denver while assigned to a base nearby. After his discharge from the Air Force, he worked as a clerk in publicity at Warner Bros. in New York with his brother Danny. Together they began writing television and radio scripts for comics. They also wrote weekly revues for Camp Tamiment, the summer resort in the Poconos. Simon went on to become a playwright. His first play, Come Blow Your Horn, was written in 1961. His other plays included Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Sunshine Boys, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound, and The Dinner Party. In 1991, he won a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers. He adapted several of his plays for film. He also wrote original movies including The Out-of-Towners, The Goodbye Girl, and The Heartbreak Kid. He wrote the book for several Broadway musicals including Little Me; Sweet Charity; Promises, Promises; and They're Playing Our Song. He wrote a two-volume autobiography. He died from complications of pneumonia on August 26, 2018 at the age of 91.

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