Miklos Lazslo's play Parfumerie has a plot that will seem very familiar to anyone who's ever seen the movies The Shop Around the Corner or You've Got Mail, since they were adaptations. Various elements stripped from it have also appeared on television as well, especially when you consider the feisty love/hate relationships between characters like Sam and Diane on Cheers or David and Maddie on Moonlighting. Center Stage Productions is presenting the 1963 musical adaptation of Lazslo's play, She Loves Me.
Act II Community Theatre continues its season with Neil Simon's play, Plaza Suite. Utilizing a three act structure, Simon tells three different stories that all occur in suite 719 of New York's famed Plaza Hotel. I'm not especially of fond of that structure, especially where comedy is concerned, as I feel it takes away a lot of momentum when you have multiple intermissions.
I've always liked Steve Martin's comedy, dating back to the "wild and crazy guy" days of the late 1970's, and even further back with his work as a writer for Sonny and Cher and the Smothers Brothers (Did I just immediately date myself with that remark?). Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a very witty 90 minute piece by Martin that's like a more surreal version of Steve Allen's Meeting of the Minds. The Kirkwood Theatre Guild begin their 77th season with an amusing and mostly successful production of the play.