Fledgling playwright Roger Rueff demonstrates a facility for rapid-fire and Rueff does show potential, but “Hospitality Suite” is at best a. Hospitality Suite. In a small hotel room high above Wichita, Kansas, conflicting notions of character, salesmanship, honesty, religion, and love simmer until they . Hospitality Suite (Reading Copy). In a small hotel room high above Wichita, Kansas, conflicting notions of character, salesmanship, honesty, religion, and love.

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But these three unpleasant bores are the sort that sit next to you on long airplane flights, engage you in conversation about PCs, and insist you call them by the name proudly displayed on their name tags.

More by Adam Langer. Retrieved from ” https: Jordi Gabriel marked it as to-read Sep 27, The sales triumvirate contrast tremendously; seasoned, calmly centered Phil Don Tookhis high-powered, hard-hitting partner Larry Richard Doyleand the scrupulous, devoutly Christian novice Bob John Ellington. The only things that kept it from being perfect were the title and the fact that they played that awful commencement address set to music song over the credits.

Late that night, when the last of the partygoers has downed his last drink and left the room, Phil and Larry are desolate because Dick Fuller didn’t show. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Cooped up with them in this room-with-a-view on the 26th floor of the Holiday Inn is a younger, newer man, Bob John Ellington. Goodreads helps you wuite track of books you want to read.

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Hospitality Suite by Roger Rueff

The divorcing Phil is now as ambivalent about sex as he is about sales. Hospitallty 24, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: PHIL is an aging account manager who has begun to question his purpose in life and work.

Nutchayada Suwanwong rated it it was ok Dec 26, Can old complaints be forgot?

Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge. Bob assaults Phil and Larry with questions that reveal their characters.


As the three prepare the room and themselves to host the evening’s festivities, suitf conversation tacks into delicate issues hosiptality often discussed in a hospitallty environment—including religionwhere the stark differences between Larry and Bob come to light and subtle battle lines are drawn below the surface.

LARRY is his longtime partner, a savvy and quick-witted salesman with a penchant for rough language and absolute hospitaliyt for dishonesty. He helps make the stuff they sell and they have him there on this occasion chiefly as window-dressing. The odd man out is Bob Timothy Hendricksona young research engineer, brought in as window dressing to impress potential clients, who is a terrible salesman but a fiercely committed Christian.

Timothy Hendrickson gives us the best possible rendition of Bob, the play’s least satisfying character, who seems to have been conceived as a generic born-again rather than a three-dimensional character. Dwight Richard Odle is responsible for the persuasive hotel room set and casual costumes, and Doc Ballard rogre the simple, realistic light scheme.

The confrontation between the three men hinges on their purpose for being at a convention and their differing motivations in conversation and business.

Jeff Fleischer rated it it was amazing Jan 24, This play, on which the movie was very faithfully based is also excellent. Neither sympathetic nor compellingly unsympathetic, these indifferent characters evoke little but an indifferent reaction.

The first act and then some is largely exposition, setting out each character’s history and foger. Advertise About Tips Contact Us. Linda Tiessen-Wiebe rated it really liked it Oct 18, Dennis Zacek Phil gives us a believable sense of weariness and maturity but doesn’t convey the sense that he was ever the deal-making, glad-handing guy the script suggests he was.


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Ola rated it really liked it Nov 24, The interaction between the characters is heartwarming and heartbreaking. He’s a lure, because Phil and Larry are looking to snag big fish. Larry and Phil have a singular hope for the evening—to make the acquaintance of Dick Fuller — CEO of one of the largest manufacturing firms in the Midwest and, as such, a potential savior of their ailing company Recommended reading, but if you don’t feel like tracking it down The Big Kahuna is worth watching.

The hospitallity of Rueff’s play is the American Way of business.

He’s the perfect foil for Doyle’s apoplectic Larry, who, when he finally arrives, is the very image of a dedicated huckster–a man with dollar signs coursing through his veins, who thrives on crisis and the heat of battle. While plays like Death of a Salesman and The Rainmaker use a heightened reality to explore issues of faith and hope in a wicked capitalist society, Rueff’s play addresses similar issues by using a lowered reality–a world in which average characters are presented in hospitlity situations, a world in which art does hospifality imitate life so much as it imitates wallpaper.

Luis Ochoa rated it really liked it Aug 24, Paperback72 pages.