Set in the 1970s, Neil Simon's 1971 play is a black comedy depicting a New York couple, Mel (Goldblum) and Edna Edison (Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl), enduring the trials and tribulations of city life. Mel is made redundant and the stress of an economic crisis and urban life pushes him into having a nervous breakdown. The family gathers to offer support, with Edna stoically bearing the burden of his disintegration and self-pity.
Could Goldblum emulate the midas touch that saw him receive rave reviews for Speed the Plow two years ago? The Prisoner of Second Avenue continues to 25 September 2010.