|In the writer's room|
Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor is being produced by 1812 Productions at the Plays and Players Theater, 17th and Delancey Streets, Philadelphia, through May 8. Although this is a mythical version of Neil Simon’s experiences as a member of the writer’s room for Sid Caesar’s comedy variety program, the two act show endeavors to relate how writers Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbert and others matched their wits to come up with some of the best comedy on television. The writers and entourage of the fictional Max Prince Show must overcome censors, network politics, and McCarthyism. It is not enough for the actors in this production to be able to deliver a funny line. They must actually be funny. And funny they are. Laughter is not only on the 23rd floor but on the first floor of 17th and Delancey Streets as well. It rings throughout the theater during the entire performance. The cast of this show works together extraordinary well. Their timing is excellent. The ensemble members constantly play off of each other’s lines and the audience is given a real treat as they get a glimpse of what occurs when a group of very talented people are gathered together in one spot. The play also has its poignant moments as it is revealed that everything in life can not be “goodness and light” and sometimes that which brings the greatest personal happiness can cost the greatest personal sacrifice. This show will continue to play in repertory with its companion piece Our Show of Shows which will open Wednesday, April 17. For tickets or further information call 215-592-9560 or visit online at www.1812productions.org. .