Prairie Arts Council to present Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite, April 26-27

PRINCETON – Rehearsals are in progress for the Prairie Arts Council’s spring production of Plaza Suite, one of Neil Simon’s best-known comedies. Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 28. All shows are at the PAC Theatre, 24 Park Avenue East in Princeton.

Director Ken Schroeder of Princeton is excited about the show and its cast.

“Due to a lot of commitments and conflicts, we’re really getting started later than I’d like,” Schroeder said. “However, the cast is already starting to shine and the actors are fleshing the character out very nicely. The audience is definitely going to be getting a great show.”

“Plaza Suite” tells the story in three acts of three different couples, each occupying the same suite in New York City’s famed Plaza Hotel. The PAC’s production of “Plaza Suite” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

“The play is one of Simon’s best comedies, but there’s some serious undertones to the show,” Schroeder said. “It’s an examination of relationships; the beginnings, the endings, the hope and tribulations. I think any couple will see a little bit of themselves in the couples we meet in the show.”

The cast includes Eric Johnson of Princeton, Jill Marti of Princeton, Gary Talsky of Spring Valley, Josh Bush of Princeton, Laurie Innis of Ladd, and Caryn DiCarlo Brown of Peru. Schroeder also plays a part in the show.

The production crew includes Dixie Schroeder of Princeton as production manager. Set construction and design are by Dace Walters of Dover and Aaron Isaacson of Princeton. Marti is also coordinating costumes for the show.

Tickets for Plaza Suite can be purchased online at or by leaving a message at (815) 875-2787. Prairie Arts Council programming is funded in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and OmniArts.