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Raven Theatre East Stage
6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
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"Laughter on the 23rd Floor"
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4.2 average rating
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8 reviews
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attended May 02 2008

While this was a comedy, it surprised me with the tragic elements (network censoring, loss of time slots, cancellation, etc.). I remember Show of Shows very fondly, even though I was probably too young to appreciate a lot of the adult/political...continued

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attended May 03 2008

We thought it was great...very well done. We had seen it before, so we knew the story. But the production and the actors were all first rate.

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attended Jun 28 2008

Great ensemble work and production detail. However, if you're a fan of the play, the portrayal of Max Prince may cause you problems. The characterization, while polished, was rather one note, and much too over-the-top. This tended to undermine...continued

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_Laughter on the 23rd Floor _was inspired by Simon’s own early-career experience churning out jokes for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, where he worked alongside Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen. Laughter introduces a room full of oddball writers, many based upon actual personalities, including Simon himself. The Sid-Caesar-like character of Max Prince, star of a 1953 variety show, is a booze-guzzling, pill-popping comic genius who goes to any lengths to protect his team in the face of network cutbacks. This hilarious play chronicles the writing room’s outrageous antics and increasing stress levels under the pressures of rising McCarthyism and television executives resistant to sophisticated humor.

About the Ticket Supplier: Raven Theatre

Raven Theatre’s mission is to establish itself as an important voice in regional theater, focusing on American classics, as well as new and lesser-known projects that shed light on the “American Experience.” The company’s mission is realized by uniting an ensemble of Chicago-based theater artists from diverse disciplines who work together with the goal of maintaining a high standard of artistic excellence with programming easily accessible to patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and thereby enriching our community’s cultural life. Vigorously fresh revivals of masterpieces by great playwrights such as Miller, Williams, Saroyan and Mamet introduce new audiences to established classics, while original and lesser-known works give voice to the next generation of playwrights. Through Raven’s Children’s Theatre Program, the company seeks to present a wide range of theatrical education and entertainment options applicable across a broad academic spectrum.