TDW Closes Out Season With “Suite Surrender”

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Bellhop Francis (Dan Maloney) doesn’t realize the danger he’s in, offering red roses to diva Claudia McFadden (Lynn Minges). Find out why Claudia hates red roses at TDW’s production of “Suite Surrender”, continuing this weekend. (Elaine Volker image)

(Cheviot, Ohio) The Drama Workshop closes out its 2013-2014 this weekend with the final performances of Michael McKeever’s Suite Surrender. TDW is proud to stage the regional premiere of this door-slamming, frenetic comedy, and sees it as a perfect way to finish its second year in The Glenmore Playhouse. Audiences for the last two weeks have howled with laughter as the show careens towards its climax.

“This is one of the types of show that TDW does best,” said TDW President Ray Persing. “We have a terrific production staff that really pays attention to the fine details, which supports the fantastic performances that the cast has given us. Everybody in the cast and crew have really pulled out all the stops to make it a great two hours of entertainment.”
“Suite Surrender” takes place in 1942. Two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel — assistants, luggage, a lap dog, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime benefit performance…that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. The hotel staff must somehow keep the two apart from each other and away from the gossip columnist who has appeared at the hotel. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does. As hotel manager Mr. Dunlap exclaims, “The war is a bad thing. This is much, much worse.”

The Drama Workshop has enjoyed record audiences this season as word of the theater continues to spread. Attendance is up over 30% compared to last season, and the group’s shows have sold out a record 15 times this year.

This weekend’s final performances of “Suite Surrender” will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm, and Sunday afternoon at 2 pm. Tickets are available through the TDW box office at 513.598.8303, or can be ordered online at thedramaworkshop.org. Prices are $15 for adults, and $12 for children 12 and under.

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