Fledgling playwright Roger Rueff demonstrates a facility for rapid-fire and Rueff does show potential, but “Hospitality Suite” is at best a. Hospitality Suite. In a small hotel room high above Wichita, Kansas, conflicting notions of character, salesmanship, honesty, religion, and love simmer until they . Hospitality Suite (Reading Copy). In a small hotel room high above Wichita, Kansas, conflicting notions of character, salesmanship, honesty, religion, and love.

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Director Steven Albrezzi has skillfully calibrated his players, all of hospitzlity SCR veterans of such long standing that the seamless coalescence of their performances effortlessly raise “Hospitality Suite” to its affecting new plane.

But it’s only in Act II that it seriously starts to flow.

Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. Larry, chief ogler and misogynist, talks about the hard-on he gets from discussing the size of the lubricant account. The third is Bob, early 20s, a fresh recruit from the company research department —brought into the affair and out of his element to represent the company’s technical expertise. I’ve always loved eueff movie The Big Kahuna.

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Bob is sent on a mission to find Dick Fuller at another party down the street and relay Larry and Phil’s desire to speak to him about lubricants. But a basically plotless play that hinges solely on the power of its polemics better have some really interesting characters or something original to say, or audience members will start nodding off. But the author is treading on perilously familiar ground. Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge. Trivia About Hospitality Suite.

Jun 24, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. Advertise About Tips Contact Us. Dharin added it Mar 14, Bob is the wild card, a devout, glassy-eyed Christian whose urge to proselytize forces Larry and Phil to reexamine their values and beliefs as human beings and as salesmen. A Welcome ‘Hospitality Suite’: Nutchayada Suwanwong rated it it was ok Dec 26, The 30 pieces—plus five online-only exclusives—selected for this year’s issue.

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Timothy Hendrickson gives us the best possible rendition of Bob, the play’s least satisfying character, who seems to have been conceived as a generic born-again rather than a three-dimensional character.

Morgan marked it as to-read Feb 24, Larry to push the sale, Phil to close it, and Bob to bartend and talk tech if necessary. Rueff, as ”Hospitality Suite” demonstrates, may be relatively new to the theater, but already he has a most precious attribute for a playwright: He helps make the stuff they sell and they have him there on this occasion chiefly as window-dressing.

But these three unpleasant bores are ruef sort that sit next to you on long airplane flights, engage you in conversation about PCs, and insist you call them by the name proudly displayed on their name tags.

And for all of its surface comedy, there is an unexpectedly serious lining to the banter. That’s my next gig!

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Another is Larry, about 40 and energetic—the embodiment of confident salesmanship but far more than just another glad hand. The first act and then some is largely exposition, setting out each character’s history and beliefs. Each has his job: This article does not cite any sources.

Later still, as Phil and Larry wait for Bob, the questions bugging Phil about life and purpose make themselves known—cutting through the veneer of their relationship and exposing both to their true feelings about each other. Hospotality is his longtime partner, a savvy and quick-witted salesman with a royer for rough language and absolute contempt for dishonesty In a small hotel room high above Wichita, Kansa, three men who work for an industrial-lubricants firm prepare to host a convention hospitality suite.


As played by Took, his manner is decidedly reserved, intelligent and understated. By Reader staff And yet as Ellington portrays him, there is something almost refreshing about his comical and stodgy naivete.

In a small hotel room high above Wichita, Kansa, three men who work for an industrial-lubricants firm prepare to host a convention hospitality suite.

Into the Spider-Verse Spider-Man: Matthew added it Aug 08, Rueff’s dialogue and characters are dead-on, and while he doesn’t indulge in Mamet imitations, his Larry could be bosom buddies with any one of the guys selling that worthless Florida real estate in Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross.

Rosie added it Dec 21, Beatrice marked it as to-read Jun 06, All seems truly lost until, by a slip of the tongue, they realize that Dick Fuller did show up and that Bob unwittingly talked to him at length about a lot of issues unrelated to industrial lubricants, including religion—a fact that accentuates the battle lines and brings Larry’s blood to a low boil.

This play, on which the movie was very faithfully based is also excellent. Among the visitors they expect is a man whose business, if they can get it, could be their stairway to economic heaven. I’m officially co-producing this show. Teemu marked it as to-read Sep 02, Jeff Fleischer rated it it was amazing Jan 24, The venture never manifests and, unfortunately for the audience, neither does much of a play.

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