The Elgin Theatre Company continues its 2019-2020 season with its production of Suite Surrender.
It's 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel
at the same time. They each arrive sporting their own personal assistants, luggage, and a highly rumored
legendary personal feud between the two of them. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime
performance for the troops but mayhem begins when we find they are both assigned to the same suite.
What makes it even better is that the entire staff of the hotel is positioned to make sure that
neither one realizes they are suite sharers. Small problems arise with the placement of white versus
red roses. The hotel's owner, a very self-impressed female, believes she should also be singing
alongside one of these ladies during the evening performance. Both of the divas have strong egos
that could probably be used as supports for the Brooklyn Bridge if it ever needed them.
The general manager spends most of his time dispensing the bell hops to various duties which
never seem to work out just right once they are performed. Also, there is the interjection
of a warmly cute lap dog called Mr. Boodles who amazingly manages to survive his way through
the various goofy ongoing that continue from one moment to the next.
If you are in the mood for ongoing laughs which is some cases are also triggered by what I
would call mild slapstick, you will love this show. Add to this a group of on leave troops that
the hotels owner decided to check into the hotel on a gratis basis, who are found overtaking the
hotels outdoor pool and other amenities, and you have the perfect recipe for ongoing chaos.
This one will keep you laughing until you cry. It IS that good!
"‘Suite Surrender’ a sweet bit of comedy" - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A rib-tickling good time." - Palm Beach Post
"'Suite Surrender' is pure enjoyment." - S. Florida International Press Club
"Hilarity in every scene." - Palm Beach Jewish Journal
Performances of Suite Surrender will be held on January 24, 25, 26, 31, February 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, 2020. All performances will be held at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division Street, 8th Floor, Elgin, IL 60120. Friday and Saturday performances start at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances start at 2:00 p.m.
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This production is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
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Members of the cast include:
Gabor Mark as Bernard S. Dunlap
Tania Joy as Claudia McFadden
Jennifer McHugh as Athena Sinclair
Maggie Dominick as Murphy Stevens
William Petersen as Mr. Pippet
Elizabeth Ley as Dora Del Rio
Dianne Wawrzyniak as Mrs. Osgood
Frankie Caputo as Francis
Devon Ortiz as Otis
Dusty as Mr. Boodles