Neil Simon's Comedy Prisoner of Second Avenue
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The last date listed for Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue was Sunday February 8, 2009 / 2:00pm.
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This semi-formal event, the first-ever fundraiser for the Mysterium Theater, promises a full evening of top-flight entertainment. First up at A Winter's Eve is a wine and appetizer reception, where you can browse and bid on silent auction items. That's followed by a seated dinner, set to include Cornish game hen, an orzo and vegetable combo, salad, dessert and hot cider, or wassail. Then you'll be treated to a musical revue featuring hits from the Great American Songbook by the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, performed by a cast of 24 of Mysterium's finest actor-singers. As a capper to this festive evening, take advantage of the quick ballroom and swing lesson, so you can dance the rest of the night away to big-band music. Learn More
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Important note: the Sunday matinee show starts at 2:30 not 2:00 as shown in Goldstar.
The show centers about a middle aged married couple, Mel and Edna. Mel loses his job as part of a general work layoff. He is bitter, angry and tries to make his wife and neighboors just as miserable as he is; very self absorbed. The entire first act is mostly Mel bellyaching about everything in life being worthless and unfair. Although loss of work is clearly a contemporary issue this play was pointless and boring. There were a few somewhat funny one-liners even so the first act was such downer we left at the break. Two thumbs down!
On the other hand the set was excellent, very detailed NY high rise apartment. Also the acting was very strong, terrific cast. And we have seen several Terrific plays at Depot Theatre; this is not one of them, not worth it at any price in our opinion.
The La Habra Depot transforms their stage to New York's Upper Eastside for this Tony Award nominated production. It's 1971, a time of bell bottom jeans, rotary phones and eight track players. Accomplished veteran director Phillip Brickey blends laugh out loud one liners with timely issues of economic strife, a constant altering social climate and deteriorating mental health.
"I was drawn to the complexity of the serious subject matter told in a very comedic and entertaining way," said director Phillip Brickey with an infectious enthusiasm.
Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue opened on Broadway in November 1971 and ran until September 1973. The dramedy was nominated for Best Play in 1972.The Broadway production starred Peter Faulk and Lee Grant as Husband and wife principles Mel and Edna Edison. A film version of Prisoner was released theatrically in 1975 under the direction of Melvin Frank. The film adaptation starred Jack Lemon and Anne Bancroft.
The La Habra Depot Theatre's production of Prisoner features a sparkling ensemble of talent appearing as followed, Todd Rew (Mel), Liza Rios (Edna), James Manley Greene (Harry). Linda Mcdaniel (Jessie), Cleta Cohen (Pearl), and Ruth Krumm (Pauline).
About the Ticket Supplier: La Habra Depot Theatre
The La Habra Community Theatre began in 1976 as a Children's Theatre project of the City's newly established Cultural Arts Council. The first production was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It was performed in La Habra High School's lecture hall since the city did not have a Community Performing Arts Facility.
At the same time, the 1909 Pacific Electric Depot building stood empty and in danger of demolition if it was not restored to a functional role in the community. Planning for its renovation as a Community Performing Arts Facility was initiated by the Mayor of La Habra and supported by the City Council as well as many community members. The "train station", or depot, was then moved across the street to its current location in Portola Park to integrate it into the master plan for the redevelopment of downtown La Habra.
Funding to restore the depot and convert it to a Theatre came largely from the Federal Government Restoration of Historical Landmarks. "The Depot" was declared Orange County Historical Landmark Site #14.
In January of 1980, the Children's Theatre project was expanded to incorporate adult theatre. Then, in July of 1982, the 100 members of the Community Theatre moved into the Depot Playhouse. The first performance in the restored building was the musical Oklahoma. On August 15, 1995 the Depot Playhouse became a non-profit tax-exempt organization and officially became know as Depot Theatre of La Habra. The theatre's board of directors and all production committees are comprised of community volunteers. The Depot Theatre is one of the few community organizations which functions without a single paid staff member.