Palliser Suite

Drama

By Caroline Russell-King

ISBN # 9781927823132
Author Caroline Russell-King
Pages 128
Size 6 x 9 inches
Binding type Soft Cover
Release Date October 28, 2014
Price CAD$ $15.95

Palliser Suite is a trilogy of award-winning one-act plays set in Calgary’s famous Palliser Hotel and written in homage to Neil Simon. Playwright Caroline Russell-King received rave reviews and critical acclaim for her work.

In the first play, Mr. Fix It, Mel wakes up at the Palliser Hotel to find his ex-wife bearing the news that she wants to marry her boyfriend, but there’s a problem: her  divorce from Mel never went through. Will Mel win her back?

In the second play, Second Chance, First Love, a 60-something socialite, Zelda, hosts Stanley Stillman, her old boyfriend. Will the old flame re-spark?

The final play is Funeral Fore! Two rival brothers prepare for their father’s wake and the spreading of his ashes on a golf course. Miscommunication, sibling rivalry, obsessive compulsive cleaning, laughter and tears ensue.

 

Caroline Russell-King has written over 30 plays, which have been produced all across Canada. Mr. Fix-It was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Theatre Award for Outstanding New Play in 2012; and in 2013 Second Chance First Love was nominated for a Calgary Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding New Script.

I wiped tears of joy from my eyes watching Caroline Russell-King’s new comedy…. 5 stars!
~Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun

A sweet but intelligent story of former lovers reuniting for a possible return to romance…. SEE IT, you will enjoy a fabulously fun hour in the theatre.
~Jessica Goldman, CBC Radio

Russell-King keeps the tempo tuned up and the quips flying.
~Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald

Sparkling dialogue and laughs galore!”
~Norm Foster

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