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‘Prisoner of Second Avenue’ opens

Pearl (Laura Morris), Harry (Greg Barnes) Pauline (Kit Hoelscher) and Jessie (Lucia Kincheloe) share a scene in the Little Theatre production of Prisoner on Second Avenue.

Pearl (Laura Morris), Harry (Greg Barnes) Pauline (Kit Hoelscher) and Jessie (Lucia Kincheloe) share a scene in the Little Theatre production of Prisoner on Second Avenue. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

A play with the same plot relevance now as it did when it premiered in 1971 will be performed by The Little Theatre of Jefferson City.

Neil Simon’s “Prisoner of Second Avenue” is the story of an Manhattan executive who gets fired after his firm suddenly hits the skids. His wife, Edna, takes a job and she too is fired. The play is the struggle to survive both professionally and personally with the help from family.

The audience today can relate to this scenario with the economy still struggling, unemployment still high and life at a hectic pace on a personal level.

Laura Vendenhaupt is a first-time production manager and finds the job challenging and interesting. She said that working with director Alan Bailey has been easy because he tells her what he needs production-wise and then lets her make it happen.

As in most Simon plays there are moments of great humor as well as poignant moments.

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What: Jefferson City Little Theatre’s production of “Prisoner of Second Avenue”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 through Saturday, Oct. 13

Where: Miller Performing Arts Center, Jefferson City

Cost: $15

Tickets: Box Office hours at Miller Center, Mon-Wed, 5-7 p.m.; Show nights 5-7:15 p.m.

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