Plays by Neil Simon

audio The Prisoner of Second Avenue

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Neil Simon takes a good look at apartment life, career and role reversals, a nervous breakdown, and the love, torture, care, or inertia that somehow keeps a couple in a relationship for many years. At points, it's laugh-out-loud funny; at other times, it offers sensitive insight into the human condition. Fast-moving dialog with nonstop Simon quips and jokes performed extremely well by two fine actors: who could ask for more? This is classic American comedy produced, acted, recorded, and packaged in an exemplary manner.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Annie Abbott, Lorin Dreyfuss, Richard Dreyfuss, Betty Garrett, Sharon Madden and Marsha Mason.

Featuring: Annie Abbott, Lorin Dreyfuss, Richard Dreyfuss, Betty Garrett, Sharon Madden, Marsha Mason

Neil Simon is an American playwright, television- and screenwriter. After writing radio and television scripts and then comedies for the theatre, Simon became so successful that he has had a Broadway theatre named after him. Since Come Blow Your Horn (1961), with almost yearly regularity, he produced a string of comic hits from Barefoot in the Park (1963), The Odd Couple (1965), Plaza Suite (1968), and Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1969) to The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1971), The Sunshine Boys (1972) and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (1993). In Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), Biloxi Blues (1984), Broadway Bound (1986), and Lost in Yonkers (1991) he draws on his own background. He wrote the books for the musicals Sweet Charity (1966) and Promises, Promises (1968), and the screenplays for many films of his own work. from Gerald Rabkin, The Continuum Companion to Twentieth-Century Theatre, ed. Colin Chambers (London, 2002).