VP 2000 Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor Play

Book By: Neil Simon
Directed by: Pat Kennedy
Assisted by: Kathie Weber
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Run of Show

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” ran September 8 – 23, 2000, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm.


Set in 1953, Neil Simon’s “flat-out funniest play in years” (Dennis Cunningham, CBS- TV) re-creates the mayhem, neuroses, nonstop gags, and constant one-upmanship of a team of brilliantly funny social misfits as they write The Max Prince Show, a weekly variety program. Among the crew are Milt, the insult artist; Ira, the hypochondriac whose dream is to have a virus named after him; and Val, a Russian émigré‚ who takes a Berlitz course so he can curse without an accent. They are devoted to their boss, Max, a comic genius, a tyrant, and a paranoiac with a heart of gold. But his penchant for tippling and popping too many pills is growing under the pressures of a rising McCarthyism, network executives, and sponsors who want him to cut back his “too-smart” show and staff so that they can chase after the Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best audience.

“Uproarious! Neil Simon’s show of shows!” — Gene Shalit, Today, NBC-TV

The People …

Leading Roles
in order of appearance

Lucas Brickman Cory Trares
Milt Fields Don Weber
Val Skolsky Joel Ungerleider
Brian Doyle Tom Kleinert
Kenny Franks Rich Harrison
Carol Wyman Sybil Small
Max Prince Rob Gentry
Helen Kate Argow
Ira Stone Tom Hofbauer

Production Staff

Director Pat Kennedy
Assistant Director Kathie Weber
Producer Don Weber & Kathie Weber
Set Design Don Weber
Stage Manager Debbie Marinik, Joanne Toth
Scenic Art Dale Moore
NY Skyline Designed & Execute by Willard Misfeldt
Lighting Design Scott T. Gage
Lighting Crew Will Chevalier, Angela Gage, Dan Marinik, Angela Metcalf
Costume Design Kate Argow & Kathie Weber
Costume Crew the cast!
Property Managers Vickie Anderson
Property Crew Ernie Brown, Jean Brown, Ashley Gage, John Henry, Nancy Janney, Lynn Lammers, Norb Mills, Ellison Weber
Set Construction Rich Harrison, Rob Gentry, Scott Gage, Steve Mierzejewski, Jean Mills, Norb Mills, Dale Moore, Cory Trares, Don Weber
Set Dressing Dale Moore, Don Weber
Sound Design Scott T. Gage
Sound Crew Marc Malley, Larry Janney
Saxophone Solo Ellison Weber
Program Don Weber
Program Art & Cover Design Laura Fleck
House Manager Ann Veasey
Box Office Ann Veasey, Kimberly Bruggemann, Sue Holliger, Lisa Jackson, Joe & Carol Kwiatkowski, Judy Wiederhold, Roger Whitmore
Program Printing Malhoit Printing
Theater Marquee Signs Willard Misfeldt
Cast Photography Bev Norman
Special Thanks Marla Adams
Barry Bagel
Collingwood Water
Funk, Luetke, Skunda, Inc.
Hyman’s Red Barn
Jackie Mierzejewski
Once Upon a Mom Maternity, Perrysburg
Pumpernickel’s Deli
Toledo Repertoire Theatre

The Show!

Place: An office on the 23rd floor of a building on 57th Street, New York City

Act I

March 1953

Act II

Scene 1: Seven months later
Scene 2: Christmas Eve