The annual Dinner Theatre sponsored by the International Women’s Board of the University of Texas — Pan American Foundation will be presented on Tuesday, April 21, on the UTPA campus beginning at 6:00 p.m. A wine reception, followed by a gourmet dinner will be held in the lavishly decorated ballroom, located on the southwest corner of the campus. Parking will be available in Lot B, just off Sugar road. Following dinner, guests will be treated to a special performance, courtesy of the UTPA Theatre, of American playwright Neil Simon’s popular play “Plaza Suite” in the near-by Albert L. Jeffers Theatre located in the College of Arts and Humanities.
“Plaza Suite” is a light-hearted comedy in three acts, each of which takes place in the same hotel suite in New York’s Plaza Hotel, hence the title. Neil Simon says that his premise for the play was, “What if hotel rooms could talk, what tales would they tell?” He proceeds to reveal three of these secret tales in three separate acts, each with hilarious results.
In the first act, a couple is attempting to spruce up their failed marriage by returning to the suite where they spent their honey moon twenty-four years earlier; however they spend more time sniping at each other than pitching woo. In the second, a movie producer is attempting to seduce his former one-time flame by convincing her to see him as he sees himself, by showing her what he truly stands for. In the third, a couple is desperately trying to get their unsure-of-herself daughter to leave the locked bathroom to attend her own approaching wedding. Each of these episodes is played to high comedic effect, guaranteed to entertain and to keep the audience laughing.
This event offers an opportunity to “dress up” for a gala evening, one to which you can proudly invite husband, wife, colleague, friend, or anyone whom you wish to give a very special treat. Wine and dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the play beginning at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Please make reservations by April 16 by calling the IWB office at UTPA, 381-3665, Monday — Friday, 8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.