In February 1999, Londoners got to see and hear Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason reunite on stage in Neil Simon's The Prisoner of Second Avenue. Then in January 2000, the two reunited again to record the comedy for L.A.'s Theatre Works company. The resulting CD version was nominated for the Spoken Comedy Grammy in 2001 (George Carlin's "Braindroppings" took home the award).
May 11, the two actors come together for a third time to promote The Prisoner of Second Avenue by reading from the play and signing copies of the CD or cassette at the Barnes and Noble Union Square. After performing selections from Prisoner, the duo will answer questions from the audience about their work, both with Theatre Works, of which both are founding members, and in the theatre and film.
Dreyfuss and Mason both won aclaim for the film of Simon's "The Goodbye Girl." Dreyfuss even took home an Oscar (Mason was nominated). Since then, he has been nominated for an Oscar for his work in "Mr. Holland's Opus," while appearing in films like "Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "What About Bob?." Mason was nominated for Academy Awards four times, for "Cinderella Liberty," "The Goodbye Girl," "Chapter Two" and "Only When I Laugh."
Also on The Prisoner of Second Avenue recording are Caroline Aaron, Lorin Dreyfuss and Joyce Van Patten (Labor Day off Broadway).
Tony nominated in the 1971-72 season, The Prisoner of Second Avenue comically examines the longtime marriage of a New York advertising executive and his wife as they face life in their "modern" highrise, complete with broken plumbing, nasty neighbors, burglary and the two German flight attendants next door who never seem to stop partying. The reading is free to the public. The Barnes and Noble Union Square is located at 33 East 17th Street.
-- By Christine Ehren