Laughter on the 23rd Floor
American Repertory Theater of WNY's salute to the Golden Age of American Television concludes with the final presentation of the 2010-11 season, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, written by one of America's greatest comedic theater writers, Neil Simon.
Inspired by his early days as a staff writer for the American classic variety TV program, Your Show of Shows, hosted by the legendary TV comedian Sid Caesar, Simon set out to capture the behind-the-scenes moments of this high anxiety and complete wacky world of the famed TV writers room akin to the Algonquin Round Table. A true slice of Simon's wit and an insightful display of the world of television at the end of the Golden Years, this delightful rarely-done comedic piece looks into changing face of American television in the late 1950's and how a group of half-insane, semi-genius group of TV writers will adapt, die out, be blacklisted by Joe McCarthy or simply move to Hollywood.
Directed by theater pro, Thomas LaChiusa, Laughter on the 23rd Floor features an outstanding ensemble with Jeffery Coyle playing the mercurial, pill-popping TV comedy genius MAX PRINCE, David Bondrow as the witty Mel Brooks/Carl Reiner based MILT FIELDS, Gary Darling as the pesky pumpernickel obsessed VAL SKOLSKY, the walking human cigarette BRIAN DOYLE is play by newcomer Sean Kelly, David C Mitchell hilariously inhabits the character of the Woody Allen-nated IRA STONE, the dashing and clever KENNY PARK is played by the dashing and clever Ronald J Leonardi, poised with ever-so-ready dry wit as the raspy, baby-bellied CAROL WYMAN (based on Selma Diamond) is Lisa Dee, bringing in the hated NBC memos is the adored Andrea Andolina as Max's secretary HELEN, and keeping the sanity somewhat intact is LUCAS BRICKMAN, aka Simon's alter-ego, played by the up-and-coming Jacob Albarella.
Presented at American Rep's new home, Buffalo East, this zesty onion bagel, with cream-cheese and worth every minute of laughter, is sure to put an exclamation point on a great fourth season.
May 19th (Preview),
May 20th-21st; May 26th-28th; June 2nd-4th; June 8th-11th
HOUSE OPENS AT 7:30 PM
SHOW BEGINS AT 8:00 PM
American Repertory Theater of WNY
1410 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14217
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|