In Montgomery Theater's production of The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Tony Braithwaite is mad as hell and he's not gonna take it anymore. On the heels of another heated role - Marc, in Yasmina Reza's Art, at Act II Playhouse - Braithwaite turns up the mania in this dark-edged Neil Simon nugget from the early 1970s, later produced as a film starring Jack Lemmon and Anne Bancroft.
Funny thing about the early 1970s: They look a whole lot like the early 2010s. Sure, Manhattan might be cleaner and safer these days, but America's economic troubles and job prospects appear to have come full circle. A middle-aged man on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Braithwaite's Mel Edison frets and fumes, about the indignities of city living, incivility of his neighbors, uncertainty of remaining employed, until Mary Carpenter's levelheaded Edna Edison becomes aware that her life is about to veer into uncharted territory.