Clear Creek Community Theatre continues its 53rd season with Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor opening in Nassau Bay on February 23rd. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, this Neil Simon favorite depicts the harried writing staff as they frantically scramble to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince. Laughter on the 23rd Floor is a roman à clef, with the characters in the play based on Neil Simon’s co-writers on Your Show Of Shows. Lloyd Rose, in her Washington Post review, noted several of the real-life inspirations: the “Sid Caesar–inspired Max Prince”, “hypochondriac Ira, inspired by Mel Brooks”, “dryly witty, sane Kenny, inspired by Carl Reiner”, and “fussy Russian emigre Val, inspired by Mel Tolkin.
As the story goes, despite it’s ratings slightly slipping across the country, the Max Prince show remains a massive hit on the East Coast. Despite this, network executive Cal Weebs insists that the show is too sophisticated for people in the middle part of the country and has begun to urge Prince to make his act simpler for all audiences to understand. Or simply put, Prince needs to dumb down his act. Along with heckling from a local newspaper columnist, Prince’s life has begun to unravel. Follow Max and his staff as they take us on a trip inside the writer’s room and all the wacky antics and crazy arguments that happen on the 23rd floor.
Neil Simon is the world’s most successful playwright. He has had dozens of plays and major motion pictures produced. Jack Lemon said, “Neil has the ability to write characters – even the leading characters that we’re supposed to root for – that are absolutely flawed. They have foibles, they have faults…they are the people we know.”
Laughter on the 23rd Floor performances begin at CCCT on Friday February 23rd and continue through March 11th on Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2:30PM. Tickets are available now online or call 281-335-5228 for reservations. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 Students and seniors with group rates available.
Clear Creek Community Theatre is planning our 54th season. We are now accepting submissions from directors who would like to participate in the 2018-2019 season. Read more…
2017/2018 Season Passes and Memberships for our 53rd regular season are now on sale. You may buy them online or call the box office at 281-335-5228 to make check or cash purchase at the theatre. Click here to see the whole season.
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