About the Show
Runs September 8-23, 2018
Eastline Theatre is proud to present Neil Simon’s play “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows”, with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of the show’s madman star.
Set in the 1950s, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show and his staff, including Simon’s alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wacky antics which take place in the writers’ room. Max has an ongoing battle with NBC executives, who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. The play is notable not only for its insider’s look at the personalities and processes of television comedy writing, but also for its reflection of the political and social undercurrents of its time, in particular the rise of Joseph McCarthy, relationships between various (European) American ethnicities, and attitudes toward women.
“One of [Simon’s] funniest…Comedy, comedy all the way.” – Newsweek
“Enough laughs per minute to assure a long run and many happy audiences.” – USA Today
“The funniest comedy on Broadway in years and likely to remain the funniest comedy on Broadway for years.” – Variety
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