Learn how and when to remove this template message Hospitality Suite is an award-winning stage play written by Roger Rueff that centers on conflicting notions of character, salesmanship, honesty, religion , and love that simmer until they boil over as two experienced salesmen and a young research engineer await a CEO whose visit to their modest hospitality suite could save their company from ruin. Plot summary[ edit ] In a small hotel room on the 26th floor of the Holiday Inn in downtown Wichita, Kansas , three representatives of an industrial lubricants firm prepare to host a convention hospitality suite. Another is Larry, about 40 and energetic—the embodiment of confident salesmanship but far more than just another glad hand. He is fresh out of school, recently married, affable, inquisitive, and religious.
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Bob is the wild card, a devout, glassy-eyed Christian whose urge to proselytize forces Larry and Phil to reexamine their values and beliefs as human beings and as salesmen. Much of it is overobviously written in a question-and-answer format: Bob assaults Phil and Larry with questions that reveal their characters.
Bob sees no calling higher than that of serving Jesus and is more interested in converting customers than in selling them lube. He defends himself by saying that bringing up company business in a religious discussion would be a betrayal of his beliefs. There are some good lines in the play and some clever dialogue. But a basically plotless play that hinges solely on the power of its polemics better have some really interesting characters or something original to say, or audience members will start nodding off.
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. Neither sympathetic nor compellingly unsympathetic, these indifferent characters evoke little but an indifferent reaction.
But the author is treading on perilously familiar ground. Larry, chief ogler and misogynist, talks about the hard-on he gets from discussing the size of the lubricant account. The divorcing Phil is now as ambivalent about sex as he is about sales. Unfortunately, the set mirrors the play all too well. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Are you in?
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