Laughter on the 23rd Floor

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Reviews: 5

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By Neil Simon
Directed by Michael A. Shepperd
Starring John Ross Bowie, Jeff Campanella, LaNisa Renee Frederick, Jason Grasl, Cornelius Jones Jr., Jessica Joy, Ty Mayberry, Roland Rusinek, and Pat Towne

March 23 – April 22, 2018
Previews Wednesday, March 21 & Thursday, March 22
Thursdays & Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
Added show Sunday April 8 at 7pm
No Show Sunday, April 1

Tickets: $45 - $65

Neil Simon's “love letter” to his early career as a TV writer alongside the likes of comedy legends Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Laughter on the 23rd Floor follows the rollercoaster antics that catapult a not-your-average 1950s writers' room into the comedy fray, as they frantically attempt to please their larger-than-life boss of a weekly comedy variety show. Locked in an ongoing battle with NBC executives, who fear the show's humor is too sophisticated for Middle America, the writing and fighting of the team expose the social and political undercurrents of the 1950s—reflecting back the ongoing tensions in today's America in this updated, reimagined production.

Laughter on the 23rd Floor is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Intended for an adult audience, may contain adult language and situations.

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Reviews

"LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR is a definite “go-see”. The actors work well together, creating an ensemble of fun, punching us with Mr. Simon's great one-liners and set-ups in rapid succession, then getting serious in Act 2. The set, by Alex Calle, is highly utile and the costumes are true to the 1953 period."

sweet - Robert Axelrod - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"There wouldn't be Saturday Night Live if talents like “Max Prince” hadn't paved the way, and there wouldn't be 20th-century Broadway comedy without Neil Simon. Laughter On The 23rd Floor is the King Of One-Liners at his smart-and-snappy best."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Years ago I had seen this play and remembered that I had enjoyed it and was looking forward to the opportunity of seeing it again.  I love everthing that I have ever seen that Neil Simon has written.  I guess I have o say that this is prrobably the lesser of anything he has ever created."

sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


"It's two hours of fun, and although this is not one of Mr. Simon's wittier, more engaging works, the laughs are still there, with the ensemble performing well under Michael Shepperd's skillful direction. RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Lovell Estell - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Lovingly remounted at full goofy gallop and led by the uber-kinetic Marx Brotherly direction of the prolific Michael A. Sheppard, the resurrection of Neil Simon's last coherent play provides welcome respite from the deluge of Tweets spewing from our current Madman-in-Chief that make most people want to go back to bed and pull up the covers."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


"LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR is a definite “go-see”. The actors work well together, creating an ensemble of fun, punching us with Mr. Simon's great one-liners and set-ups in rapid succession, then getting serious in Act 2. The set, by Alex Calle, is highly utile and the costumes are true to the 1953 period."

sweet - Robert Axelrod - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"There wouldn't be Saturday Night Live if talents like “Max Prince” hadn't paved the way, and there wouldn't be 20th-century Broadway comedy without Neil Simon. Laughter On The 23rd Floor is the King Of One-Liners at his smart-and-snappy best."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Carol Kaufman Segal
"Years ago I had seen this play and remembered that I had enjoyed it and was looking forward to the opportunity of seeing it again.  I love everthing that I have ever seen that Neil Simon has written.  I guess I have o say that this is prrobably the lesser of anything he has ever created."

sour - Carol Kaufman Segal - ...read full review


"It's two hours of fun, and although this is not one of Mr. Simon's wittier, more engaging works, the laughs are still there, with the ensemble performing well under Michael Shepperd's skillful direction. RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Lovell Estell - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder
"Lovingly remounted at full goofy gallop and led by the uber-kinetic Marx Brotherly direction of the prolific Michael A. Sheppard, the resurrection of Neil Simon's last coherent play provides welcome respite from the deluge of Tweets spewing from our current Madman-in-Chief that make most people want to go back to bed and pull up the covers."

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review