The story of Mel and Edna (Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft), a middle-class, middle-aged, middle-happy couple living in a Manhattan high rise apartment building. Mel loses his job, the apartment is robbed, Edna gets a job, Mel loses his mind, Edna loses her job . . . to say nothing of the more minor tribulations of nosy neighbors, helpful relatives, and exact bus fares. The couple suffers indignity after indignity (some self-inflicted), and when they seem on the verge of surrender, they thumb their noses defiantly and dig the trenches for battle.
...and you think you've got problems.
Did You Know?
"The Prisoner of Second Avenue" play opened in London's West End at the Vaudeville Theatre on 30th June 2010. In the lead roles were Jeff Goldblum
and Mercedes Ruehl
, the latter marking Ruehl's English stage debut. See more
The apartment building's supposed address, 385 East 88th Street, is actually nearer to First Avenue than to Second. See more
Could we turn all of these off, it looks like a night game at Shea Stadium!