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Neil Simon's "Prisoner of Second Avenue"
6 ratings
3.8 average rating
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4 reviews
4 stars
attended Feb 06 2009

My husband and I enjoyed the play very much. Although the play takes place in 1971, it was very relateable. The two main actors were great. The supporting cast was good too. It was a great way to spend a Friday evening.

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48 reviews
35 stars
attended Feb 01 2009

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...continued

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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).

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