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Madhatters to hold open auditions for Simon play

Madhatters Community Theatre will hold open auditions for Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue" at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 9 at Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

Susan Mohs ("God's Favorite," "Arsenic and Old Lace," "Nunsense" and "Ole and Lena's Wedding") will cast four women and two men for this comedy. Rehearsals begin March 3.

The production will be April 17, 18, 19 and 20 at Wadena Memorial Auditorium.

Neil Simon, one of the most popular of 20th-century American dramatists, is known for his comedies that often examine the tensions that can arise among family members or between men and women living in New York. In his play "The Prisoner of Second Avenue," which ran on Broadway for 788 performances beginning in 1973, Simon's comedy turns darker as he explores the devastating effect that city life can have on a middle-aged couple. In the early 1970s, when the play takes place, New York City was beset by financial problems, high crime, and strikes that often made daily life inconvenient and sometimes dangerous. The play chronicles Mel and Edna's struggle to survive city life, coupled with noisy neighbors, faulty plumbing, and the loss of employment, and to maintain a measure of dignity in the process.

If you have questions, please call (218) 632-SHOW.