Theater rolling back prices to 1971

DOWNEY - Taking a cue from the plagued economic hardships in Neil Simon's comedy hit, "Prisoner of Second Avenue," the La Habra Depot Theatre is offering to "bailout" fans of live theater by cutting the prices of tickets of "Prisoner" from $18 to $8.The dramatic comedy, which takes a hilarious look at the nervous breakdown of the play's protagonist Mel Edison, is set against the backdrop of the financially frustrated times of 1971 New York. Less than the cost of a movie ticket, the rollback price of $8 is available for the remaining performances through Feb. 8. "One of the things I like about Neil Simon is how he makes us laugh at serious modern problems, like economic hardships. The play is a nice distraction for people in these tough times," director Phillip Brickey said. "The play has received much critical acclaim, but even our loyal patrons are having difficulty justifying an $18 ticket in these economic times. "That's why we decided to rollback the prices to 1971." "Prisoner of Second Avenue" runs through Feb. 8, with performances on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Reservations are available by phone at (562) 905-9625 or online at The theater is at 311 S. Euclid Ave. in La Habra. ********** Published: January 30, 2009 - Volume 7 - Issue 41

EntertainmentEric Pierce