Egos hilariously clash in ETC's comedy 'Suite Surrender'

  • Elgin Theatre Company will present the comedy "Suite Surrender" Jan. 24-Feb. 9 at the Elgin Art Showcase. The cast includes, front, from left, Jennifer Pryor McHugh as Athena Sinclair, Devin Ortiz as Otis, Gabor Mark as Mr. Dunlap, William Petersen as Mr. Pippet, Tania Joy Gibson as Claudia McFadden; and back, from left, Elizabeth Ley as Dora del Rio and Dianne Wawrzyniak as Mrs. Everett P. Osgood. Not pictured are Maggie Dominick as Murphy and Frankie Caputo as Francis.

    Elgin Theatre Company will present the comedy "Suite Surrender" Jan. 24-Feb. 9 at the Elgin Art Showcase. The cast includes, front, from left, Jennifer Pryor McHugh as Athena Sinclair, Devin Ortiz as Otis, Gabor Mark as Mr. Dunlap, William Petersen as Mr. Pippet, Tania Joy Gibson as Claudia McFadden; and back, from left, Elizabeth Ley as Dora del Rio and Dianne Wawrzyniak as Mrs. Everett P. Osgood. Not pictured are Maggie Dominick as Murphy and Frankie Caputo as Francis. Courtesy of Julie Price

  • From left, Jennifer Pryor McHugh and Tania Joy Gibson play feuding divas in Elgin Theatre Company's production of "Suite Surrender" Jan. 24-Feb. 9 at the Elgin Art Showcase.

    From left, Jennifer Pryor McHugh and Tania Joy Gibson play feuding divas in Elgin Theatre Company's production of "Suite Surrender" Jan. 24-Feb. 9 at the Elgin Art Showcase. Courtesy of Julie Price

 
Submitted by Elgin Theatre Company
Posted1/20/2020 2:06 PM

The Elgin Theatre Company 2019-2020 season continues with the comedy "Suite Surrender," written by Michael McKeever and directed by Julie Price.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 24, 25, 26 and 31; Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., eighth floor, Elgin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students. Group rates and season tickets are available.

For reservations or information, call (847) 741-0532, email tickets@inil.com or visit www.elgin-theatre.org.

It's 1942, and two of Hollywood's biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel at the same time. They each arrive sporting their own personal assistants, luggage and a legendary personal feud.

Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance for the troops, but mayhem begins when we find they are both assigned to the same suite.

What makes it even better is that the entire staff of the hotel is positioned to make sure that neither one realizes they are suite sharers.

The hotel's owner, a very self-impressed woman, believes she should also be singing alongside one of these ladies during the evening performance.

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The general manager spends most of his time dispensing the bellhops to various duties, which never seem to work out as planned.

Add to this the interjection of a cute lap dog called Mr. Boodles, as well as a group of on-leave troops who are found overtaking the hotel's outdoor pool and other amenities, and you have the perfect recipe for ongoing chaos.

According to the Price, if you are in the mood for ongoing laughs and mild slapstick, you will love this show.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

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