The Theater: Simon in the Sun



If Broadway ever erects a monument to a patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon will have to be it. He is back in good form in California Suite, a quartet of playlets in the same mold as his Plaza Suite except that the setting is now the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Each of the playlets is a slightly shell-shocked encounter between visitors from outside city-states (New York, Philadelphia, London, Chicago) and Los Angeles, capital of the palm fringe of Western civilization. In playlet No. 1, two divorced ex-writers get together to discuss...