Laughter on the 23rd FloorSeacoast Rep gets Funny
Get Ready To Laugh September 16th – October 9th
Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor Gets Cracking at Seacoast Rep
Comedy is hard work! At least it is for the writers of Max Prince’s variety show. Based on Broadway comedy giant Neil Simon’s own experiences writing for Sid Caesar’s variety show in the 1950’s, Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a 30 Rock-esque descent into a ridiculous writers room for funnyman Max Prince during the height of the Red Scare.
The play’s fictional characters represent a real-life team of comedy all-stars. Caesar’s writers included the playwright Neil Simon, Young Frankenstein creator Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner, creator of the The Dick Van Dyke Show.
The hilarious ensemble is more than just a gang of gag writers squabbling and slinging salty humor. Their sophisticated work during the Joseph McCarthy era of anti-communist witch-hunts in the entertainment industry was subject to close scrutiny from nervous network executives. Nobody in the room wants to get put on the blacklist for looking like a communist. The team finds themselves scrambling as they they have to tone down their jokes, all while managing the increasingly unhinged Max.
Scott H. Severance, a leading fixture of New Hampshire theater for three decades, most recently playing King Triton to thousands in Prescott Park Arts Festival’s The Little Mermaid, will be playing the role of Max Prince. Rounding out the cast are a collection of the Seacoast’s best professional funny people.
Laughter on the 23rd Floor is proudly sponsored by Thoresen and Werner Families Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, D.F. Richard, and Liberty Mutual. Laughter runs September 16 through October 9. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.