A laugh-’til-it-hurts comedy by Neil Simon
March 5 – 28, 2015
Set in 1953 in a scruffy office in Manhattan, this hilarious comedy was inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s television hit, Your Show of Shows. Laughter is the inevitable result of the stunning, stinging wit and comic drama of the harried writing staff as they scramble to top each other’s gags and capture the esteem of their madman star. The names have been changed to protect the guilty, but the play is a revealing peep-hole into a crucial time in American pop culture when television discovered its power for good… and evil!
Mark Alford – Lucas
Jimmy Blackmon – Brian
Christian Doyle – Val
Jason Haws – Max Prince
Xander Layden – Ira
Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe– Carol
Gabriel McClelland – Kenny
Nathan Rice – Milt
Heidi Rider – Helen
Linda Whitney — Director/Scenic Design
Marko Bujeaud — Video Design
Olivia Burlingame — Lighting Design
Keith Jewell — Sound Design
Darren Mills — Costume Design
Jeff Leigh — Properties Design
Bob Macdougall — Fight Director
Gina Salerno — Stage Manager
Warning: REAL. LIVE. THEATER.
This play is hysterically funny. It is about a group of comedy writers in New York before Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best and the tyranny of political correctness. These people are whip smart and can be crude and lightning quick on the insult. Contains adult language and non-PC quips and epithets.
RUN TIME: Approximately two and half hours including a 20 minute intermission.