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Conner Gregory and Adam Goodman have the central roles in ‘Visitor from Mamaroneck,’ one of three unrelated Neil Simon mini-plays that take place in ‘Plaza Suite.’ The Richmond High School play opens Friday at the Historic Farris Theatre. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Conner Gregory and Adam Goodman have the central roles in ‘Visitor from Mamaroneck,’ one of three unrelated Neil Simon mini-plays that take place in ‘Plaza Suite.’ The Richmond High School play opens Friday at the Historic Farris Theatre. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Richmond High School students Conner Gregory and Adam Goodman find themselves in suite 719 of New York’s famed Plaza Hotel.

Don’t jump to conclusions. Conner and Adam are performers in Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” a three-act play the high school drama department will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Farris Theatre.

The 1968 comedy consists of three unrelated stories taking place in the same hotel suite. Conner and Adam’s characters, Sam and Karen Nash, revisit the suite where they spent their honeymoon. It’s an attempt by Karen, 48, to rekindle the flame in her marriage to Sam, 51.

Karen is content with her situation, but Sam tries to ignore both his age and position in life by, among other things, having an affair with his secretary.

“I have had a good life, great marriage, good kids, successful business,” he says at one point. “I just wish I could start all over again.”

The distance in experience and situation for the RHS cast is far greater than the 1,300 miles separating the Mushroom Capitol and The Big Apple.

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“Plaza Suite” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7, $5 for senior citizens. The performance is recommended for audience members 13 and older.

 

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