The Prisoner of Second Avenue

Version: Unabridged
Author: Richard Dreyfuss , Neil Simon , Marsha Mason
Narrator: Richard Dreyfuss , Annie Abbott , Lorin Dreyfuss , Sharon Madden , Betty Garrett , Marsha Mason
Genres: Drama
Publisher: LA Theatre Works
Published In: December 2000
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 1 hour, 38 minutes
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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?

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

Reviews (2)

Not that great

Written by Anonymous on March 19th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I didn't think this was that funny. Maybe it's just not my kind of humor. To me it just seemed like people yelling at each other.

prisoner of second avenue

Written by Annie Ludwig from Taholah, WA on May 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was fantastic! I laughed so hard at times. Knowing the actors you can picture them and their facial expressions which only adds to the hallarious show. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is married and needs a good laugh

Author Details

Author Details

Dreyfuss, Richard

With an entertainment career spanning more than four decades, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has been one of America's most versatile and individualistic actors. He is also Founder and President of The Dreyfuss Initiative, a nonprofit organization committed to revitalizing America's civic culture. He serves on the American Bar Association's Education Committee, the Board of the National Constitution Center, and was Senior Research Advisory Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

Simon, Neil

"Neil Simon (born 1927 in New York City) is, after William Shakespeare, the most performed playwright of all time. He began his career as a TV comedy writer, most notably for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows. He is the author of over forty Broadway plays since 1961, ranging from humorous, lighthearted plays of the 1960s (Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple) to darker, more autobiographical works in 1970s and 1980s (Chapter Two, the Eugene trilogy featuring Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, and Broadway Bound). Simon also contributed librettos to such hit musical comedies as Sweet Charity, Promises, Promises, and They're Playing Our Song. His plays are known for their family-based New York settings, where world-weary characters use one-liners to hide often-fractured psyches. Simon's second wife (of four) was actress Marsha Mason, who starred in several of his plays and movies."

Mason, Marsha

Marsha Mason, a four-time Academy Award(R) nominee and a two-time winner of the Golden Globe award, has starred in movies such as "The Goodbye Girl, Cinderella Liberty, " and "Nick of Time." Most recently she appeared opposite Richard Dreyfuss in a stage revival of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue in London, " in "The Vagina Monologues" in New York, and as Sherry on TV's "Frasier." She now lives in Abiquiu, New Mexico, where she owns a successful medicinal herb farm. "Journey" is her first book.