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Raven Theatre East Stage
6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
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"Laughter on the 23rd Floor"
54 ratings
4.2 average rating
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55 events
23 reviews
4 stars
attended Jun 20 2008

Funny and well acted, a little loud and frenetic but, overall, we had a good time and some belly laughs. Never been to Raven before, we will go again. Nice space, looks like every seat is a good one, convenient parking.

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8 reviews
11 stars
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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4 reviews
0 stars
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.