For the first time in 21 years, the Carroll Players won't open its fall production at Frock's Sunnybrook Farm on Bond Street in Westminster. The community theater group, which faced an uncertain future when the popular catering hall closed in the spring, has found a new home across town at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 467.
"They've been really wonderful to us and very good to work with," said Marcia Bogash, director of the fall production. "We've come in and put up lighting grids and blinds at the windows and have taken over the upstairs. We hope we don't drive them crazy and we can make this our permanent home."
Beginning tomorrow night, the large upstairs room at the post will be turned into Suite 719 at the Plaza for Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite," a comedy in three acts about three couples at the New York hotel.
"Neil Simon writes about real people, but he adds his own brand of humor," said Bogash. "I personally think 'Plaza Suite' is a real classic."
Act I starts with a married couple celebrating their anniversary in the same suite where they spent their honeymoon. The only problem is that Karen and Sam Nash, played by Rosanna Bryson and Bob Perry, can't agree on anything.
The sudden appearance of his secretary, Jean McCormack, played by Dorothy Carpenter, doesn't help matters. A waiter and bellboy, played by Tom Scanlan and Jason Krzmarich, create more tension between husband and wife.
"There's not a married couple in the world who won't identify with this scene," Bogash said.
Act II features Pat Floherty as Jesse Kiplinger, a Hollywood producer in town on business who calls his childhood sweetheart, Muriel Tate, played by Barbara Gaspar.
"He's been in some abusive marriages, and she's in a kind of bad marriage, and the sparks fly when they meet," Bogash said.
In the final story, a married couple, Norma and Roy Hubley, played by M. L. Grout and Dick Horn, are excited about the marriage of their daughter. There's just one problem: Mimsey (Dorothy Carpenter again) has locked herself in the bathroom and won't come out.
"This is a tremendous day for them. It's their dream to have their daughter married here, they have spent beaucoup bucks on the wedding, the guests are downstairs eating the hors d'oeuvres, and she's barricaded herself in the bathroom," Bogash said.
Not all of the endings are funny, but what leads up to the finale is very much so. Many will recognize themselves or someone they know in these vignettes.
"Plaza Suite" will be presented tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 17-19 and Oct. 23-25 at VFW Post 467, at 519 Poole Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m., and the show is at 8 p.m. every day except Oct. 19. For that Sunday matinee, doors open at noon, dinner is at 1 p.m., and the show at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for all shows except Oct. 23, when they are $18. No tickets will be sold at the door. Information: 410-876-2220.