Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Raven Theatre, Chicago, IL
Jeff Recommended *


May 2008

Assistant Stage Manager


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.


photo courtesy Dean LaPairie

"Swanee, how I love ya how I love ya, Swaaaneee." - Ira breaks into song


The Assistant Stage Manager was responsible for:

  • Management and maintenance of props & set dressing (including scene shifts)
  • Pre-show sound & dimmer check
  • Running the light board

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photo courtesy Dean LaPairie

"What did he say about Marshall? ... I want to hear it exactly. Say it slowly. I don't want to miss a word."


Raven Theatre Stage Management credits:

  • World Premiere of Misamerica (Co-Stage Manager)
  • Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (Stage Manager)
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Assistant Stage Manager)



photo courtesy Dean LaPairie

"You think they'll know what kishkas are in Nebraska, Max?"


*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the opening night judges of The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. The entire production is then eligible for nomination for awards at the end of the season.




Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Neil Simon

Michael Menendian

Christine Ferriter

Stephanie Farina

Ray Toler

JoAnn Montemurro

Jeremy Wilson

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