Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon

Directed by Craig Ciampa & Mark Morrison - April 26, 27 & 28 @ 8pm, April 28 & 29 @ 2pm - Janice B Streeter Theater, 14 Court Street Nashua

It was de besta times, it was de woista times. It was T.V.'s golden age. It was T.V.'s greatest shame. It was de oily '50s and a roomful of writers was puttin' togedda a weekly T.V. show dere. Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor takes us inside the crazy angry frightening competitive creative wonderful writer's room of an early '50s T.V. comedy variety show. The cast, faced with dropping ratings and red baiting try desperately to keep their jobs and maintain the show's high standards in the only way they know how -- by wisecracking their way through the crisis.

 


 

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It was de besta times, it was de woista times. It was T.V.'s golden age. It was T.V.'s greatest shame. It was de oily '50s and a roomful of writers was puttin' togedda a weekly T.V. show dere. Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor takes us inside the crazy angry frightening competitive creative wonderful writer's room of an early '50s T.V. comedy variety show. The cast, faced with dropping ratings and red baiting try desperately to keep their jobs and maintain the show's high standards in the only way they know how -- by wisecracking their way through the crisis HGH. Max Shields the star of the show (played by Rich Hurley), is a thinly disguised Sid Caesar, for whom Simon wrote in the 50s. In Laughter we follow Max's disintegration from exhaustion and alcohol as he tries to cope with interfering network executives who continually cut his budget, shorten his show and try to force him to "dumb down" the content. Under the constant belly laughs delivered by Max and his writers, there exists a classically tragic character whose fatal flaw is his loyalty to the crew of writers that make him look good. Simon uses the ensemble cast to revisit a time when people lived in fear. Each writer makes his or own personal journey in the confines and context of daily writing slams. Every character in this Simon masterwork is lovingly drawn and viciously parodied.

The remaining writing staff of The Max Prince Show will be played by Jim Murphy, Mark Ferman, Paul Metzger, Jeffrey Richardson, Maria Barry, and John Decareau.  Also in the cast is Meredith Borgioli as Max's secretary.  Co-directing this production are Craig Ciampa and Mark Morrison and it will be stage managed by Cheryl Thunstrom.

Performance times will be 8:00 p.m. on April 26, 27 & 28 and 2:00 p.m. on April 28 & 29.  Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors) and can be purchased at the door or online HERE. For more information please visit the website or call 603 320-2530.

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