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  The Prisoner of Second Avenue at El Portal Theatre

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Boulevard North Hollywood

Neil Simon’s classic Tony nominated American play is more relevant today than it might have been 40 years ago when it first debuted on Broadway. “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” is the story of a New York advertising executive who loses his job and then his mind. Tony Award winner Jason Alexander offers a performance that is powerful, dramatic and filled with heartfelt hilarity.

Thru - May 15, 2011

Wednesdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Price: $36+

Show Type: Comedy

Box Office: 818-508-4200

Running Time: 2hrs

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  The Prisoner of Second Avenue Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...Sound familiar? Except for the burnt-orange pillows on Stephen Gifford’s living room set, you’d never know this play was 40 years old. But we’re here for the laughs, not the sociology, and Alexander has this role in the bag. “Seinfeld” lovers will relish the expert physical comedy the actor delivers in this otherwise straightforward production, briskly directed by Glenn Casale. The unexpected pleasure here is Hecht as Mel’s deeply capable wife. Managing disaster with a steady voice and a self-effacing solution, the actress grounds the play and gives Alexander the base on which to perform his comic pirouettes. "
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Charlotte Stoudt

Backstage - Recommended

"...Still, it's worth sitting through the disjointed and flat moments to watch Alexander's take on Mel. Many of the biggest laughs come without dialogue, thanks to a variety of facial expressions and wild physicality, as Alexander looks like he's about to explode. The play is as much about the strength of Edna, whose life revolves around her husband's. Hecht displays honest devotion without making Edna seem less important than her husband. Though there's little romance, Hecht, Alexander, and Casale have found the love story in Simon's comedy."
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Jeff Favre

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Mel and Edna Edison may feel trapped in the hell of a 1971 verge-of-collapse New York City, but regardless of whatever 2011 woes audience members bring with them to the El Portal, Jason Alexander, Gina Hecht, and the ever entertaining Neil Simon make sure that all those worries get left at the door. The Prisoner Of Second Avenue proves that, regardless of the decade, laughter is indeed the best medicine."
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Steven Stanley - Highly Recommended

"...Jason Alexander is most notably known for his years as George Costanza on Seinfeld. But his career goes back before that as a Broadway musical performer. He has a wonderful voice and is an excellent actor, has performed in a number of stage productions in Los Angeles as well as directed, and has been the Artistic Director of The Reprise Theatre Company for the past four years. He is absolutely the perfect Mel in this production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue, and Gina Hecht as Edna, is the perfect foil for his character. They play off of each other so well. Director Glenn Casale keeps the momentum and humor running throughout."
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Carol Kaufman Segal

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.

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