Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” opens in Santa Monica; actor Howard Lockie delivers


Karol Garrison, Howard Lockie and Andrea Stradling, as they appear in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” a classic comedy that opened at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica on January 19, 2013. Photo by Joel Castro.

An enthusiastic audience of baby boomers and younger supporters of the arts got a chance to turn back the hands of time by 45 years on January 19 when Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite opened at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre.

Set for a run that wraps up on February 10, the cast includes U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Officer-turned-actor Karol Garrison; theatrical and film actress Alicia Craff; prolific stage actress Andrea Stradling; and television and stage actor Howard Lockie, whose catchpenny performance carries the play.

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Location: Morgan-Wixxon Theatre

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The comedy, which originally opened on Broadway in 1968, is comprised of three acts, featuring different storylines and characters. The connecting rod among the trio of playlets is the setting – Suite 719 of New York City’s Plaza Hotel.

Holding down triple duty, Stradling and Lockie portray the main characters in each of the acts.

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