Plaza Suite Play and Fashion from the 60s

He’s fifty-two, and I don’t go for older men.
— Sam Nash (Bobby)

Fashion Featuring the Cast of Plaza Suite

The moment they step on the stage, the cast of this high's schools production of the Plaza Suite play leave their younger years behind and become mature adults. There are no small parts in this drama and each actor or actress gives their own flair and progression of the story with every line they say. Plaza Suite features fashion from the 60s, and the costumes of this cast definitely bring us back to the time period. From their suits to tuxedos, fur coats to floral dresses, this play will leave the decade engraved in your mind. The plotline itself takes place in New York City's Plaza Hotel in suite 719 and is split into three separate acts that are independent of each other. Each story gives its own humor and dramatics that make it unique from the other acts.

The Argument of Act One: Sam and Karen

Act One is the longest of the three acts. It first follows Mrs. Karen Nash who is staying the night in the Plaza's Suite 719 which she believes she spent her honeymoon in 23 years ago. Karen is shocked to find the scene of the nearby Central Park so different than how she saw it over two decades ago. For one, the old Savoy Hotel had been torn down, and Karen believes the park will eventually be turned into the world's largest A&P, which thankfully hasn't happened yet. Her husband then enters the scene who is very frantic after a teeth whitening appointment. Mr. Sam Nash also disregards his wife, and she is upset that he neither remembers the room nor their anniversary. They end up getting into a heated discussion about whether or not Sam is participating in an affair with his secretary, Jean McCormack, and their argument is witnessed at times by their waiter.

The Love Story of Act Two: Jesse and Muriel

Act Two follows Mr. Jesse Kiplinger who is a hotshot Hollywood Producer originally from Tenafly, New Jersey. His old girlfriend from high school, Muriel Tate, drops by to say hello, and their romantic tension is felt almost instantly. However, Muriel is married with children already. Kiplinger still has yet to find his true love having been married and divorced three separate times. The half hour act witnesses Jesse's attempts to keep a busy Muriel in his hotel room, and he often tries to make moves on her throughout the scene. After a few drinks of so, Muriel slowly becomes swayed by the suave Jesse but is ultimately torn by her duty to her own husband and children, who she loves dearly. Muriel offers a simple lifestyle that Jesse so heavily desires, and Jesse overs the lavish lifestyle that Muriel has been dreaming of.

A Possible Wedding Disaster: Roy and Norma

By far the most humorous scene, Act Three follows Roy and Norma Hubley, a middle aged couple who is preparing for their daughter's wedding. What they realize early in the act is that their 21 year old bride, Mimsey, has locked herself in the bathroom. Throughout the whole act, Mimsey almost completely doesn't speak, and Norma and Roy must come up with creative ways to communicate. The couple argues over whose it is fault for their daughter's refusal to get married. Roy constantly tries to bang and hit the door down, and Norma constantly worries at the state of her mother-daughter relationship. Mimsey's father, perhaps like many fathers, is heavily concerned that he will be wasting a large sum of money by not going through with the wedding. The wife, however, shows that she cares about her daughter happiness. Yet, as the pair try to reason with their worried daughter, they soon gain an insight as to how their own example of the institution of marriage affects Mimsey's actions and feelings.