The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil SimonComedy / Characters: 2 males, 4 females
Mel Edison is a well paid executive of a high-end Manhattan firm which has suddenly hit the skids and he gets the ax. His wife Edna takes a job to tide them over, then she too is sacked. Compounded by the air-pollution killing his plants, and with the walls of the apartment paper-thin, allowing him a constant earfull of his neighbors private lives things cant seem to get any worse...then hes robbed and his psychiatrist dies with $23,000 of his money. Mel does the only thing left for him to do-he has a nervous breakdown and its the best thing that ever happened to him...
A gift for taking a grave subject and, without losing sight of its basic seriousness, treating it with hearty but sympathetic humor...A talent for writing a wonderful funny line...full of humor and intelligence. Fine fun.-New York Post
Creates an atmosphere of casual cataclysm, an everyday urban purgatory of copelessness from which laughter seems to be released like vapor from the citys manholes.-Time
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Neil Simon , one of the most popular of twentieth-century American dramatists, is known for his comedies that often examine the tensions that can arise among family members or between men and women living in New York. In his play, The Prisoner of Second Avenue , which ran on Broadway for performances beginning in , Simon's comedy turns darker as he explores the devastating effect that city life can have on a middle-aged couple.
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
When the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon died on August 27 he left behind a rich legacy of laughter. What came to mind first was how my beloved New York City died a little with him. The city has been a major player in numerous movies I never tire of. New York is in every line of dialogue, in every accent, and in every move of the characters. Simon, a Bronx native, wrote about what he knew and what he knew was urban family drama. And it translates wonderfully to the screen showing a brutal New York both by happenstance and in actuality. The City was a violent place in the s and although Neil Simon got a lot of slack for portraying it in such a manner — even being accused of hating New York due to Prisoner — he depicted what he saw.
If Neil Simon's adaptation of his Broadway hit, "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," which arrived at the Sutton yesterday, is less than an overpowering study of a married couple driven to distraction by the irritations and indignities of local middle-class living, it still scores valid points, both serious and funny. This time, the largely farcical kind of Manhattan madnesses Mr. Simon observed in his film, "The Out-of-Towners," have the impact of reality that has been humanely dulled by injections of relevant comedy. Comparisons are odious, but it should be noted that the play hasn't been changed appreciably in its transition to the screen. And, if Melvin Frank's direction is polished but not innovative, he is ably aided by a cast headed by Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft, who project forcefully natural characterization that are as realistic as the authentic Second Avenue and other New York sites caught by the color cameras.
Who gets mugged on the Upper East Side anymore? The scene changes come bearing their own bad news reports, which miss the comic target as frequently as they score. The exception: Harry Ditson, evincing fraternal envy and affection — and an exemplary American accent — toward the overgrown kid that is his baby brother. Production : A Duncan C. Weldon, Allan S. Directed by David Taylor. Opened March 30,
The Prisoner of Second Avenue is a American comedy film directed and produced by Melvin Frank and starring Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft. Before was black comedy play by Neil Simon.
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Before was black comedy play by Neil Simon. Mel Edison, the main character, has just lost his job after many years and now has to cope with being unemployed at middle age during an economic recession. The action occurs during an intense summer heat wave and a prolonged garbage strike, which exacerbates Edison's plight as he and his wife Edna deal with noisy neighbors, loud sounds emanating from Manhattan streets up to their apartment, and even a broad-daylight burglary of their apartment. Mel eventually suffers a nervous breakdown and it is up to the loving care of his brother Harry, his sisters, and Edna to restore him to a firm reality. Simon has so far given us. This marked Ruehl's London stage debut.
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