2008-10-31 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

RTC's Prisoner Of Second Avenue' Comes To Rockaway

Lynda Browning and David Risley as Edna and Mel Edison. Lynda Browning and David Risley as Edna and Mel Edison. The Rockaway Theatre Company is preparing for the November 7 opening of Neil Simon's comedy, "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." The play, which was written and set in the year 1971, has been described as one long "Kvetch" about the daily hassles of life in New York City. Actor David Risley, who portrays Mel Edison, "The Kvetcher," is paired with actress Lynda Browning, who plays the role of his faithful, long-suffering wife, Edna. Together, the Edisons suffer every annoyance and indignity to which two middle-aged New Yorkers may conceivably be subject, resulting in Mel's complete mental deterioration. This precipitates a visit from his loving family members, sisters Pearl, Pauline and Jessie (Jodee Timpone, Catherine McEntee and Eileen Farrell), and older brother Harry played by Joseph Canizio.

The "Prisoner of Second Avenue" is one of the darkest plays written by Neil Simon. Directors Peggy Page and Micahel Wotypka assembled a cast of actors with wonderful comic timing. The oneliners fly through the air so quickly that the audience doubles over for most of the play. The RTC production of "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" is filled with typically New York humor, which is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. Performances will be held on November 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and matinee performances on November 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the Post Theater at Fort Tilden in Breezy Point. For more information, call the RTC hotline at 718-850-2450.

Mel's family, left to right: Joe Canizio, Jodee Timpone, Catherine McEntee and Eileen Farrell. Mel's family, left to right: Joe Canizio, Jodee Timpone, Catherine McEntee and Eileen Farrell.

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