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The Prisoner of Second Ave at Spotlight Theatre

  • Spotlight Theatre at Swarthmore United Methodist Church 129 Park Avenue Swarthmore, PA, 19081 United States (map)
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By Neil Simon
Directed by Patrick O’Neill
Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC

Tickets $15.00
Seniors (65+) and Students (High School & College w/student id) $12.00

About The Prisoner of Second Ave.

Mel is a well paid executive of a fancy New York company which has suddenly hit the skids and started to pare the payroll

Anxiety doesn’t help. Mel, too, gets the ax. His wife takes a job to tide them over, then she too is sacked. As if this weren’t enough, Mel is fighting a losing battle with the very environs of life

Polluted air is killing everything that grows on his terrace; the walls of the high rise apartment are paper thin, so that the private lives of a pair of German stewardesses next door are open books to him; the apartment is burgled; 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. It is on recovery that we come to esteem him all the more. For Mel and his wife and people like them have the resilience, the grit to survive

“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” ~ N.Y. Post

“Creates an atmosphere of casual cataclysm, an everyday urban purgatory of copelessness from which laughter seems to be released like vapor from the city’s manholes” ~ Time

Make a great show better, come with a group. Receive a 20% discount when you buy 10 or more tickets to the same performance if purchased at the same time at least 24 hours in advance. Groups of more than 20 please email rich@spotlighttheatrepa.org.

Earlier Event: September 13
Dracula, The Bloody Truth at Hedgerow
Later Event: September 14
Fall Plant Sale at Scott Arboretum