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Laughter on the 23rd floor

Laughter on the 23rd floor A comedy by Neil Simon Directed by Kevin Trask Season 2 2013: 29 May to 15 June By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd Neil Simon has penned many funny and memorable plays and this one is no exception. Set in 1953, it celebrates the golden-age of television, re-creating 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; and Val, a Russian émigré who has trouble with his accent. Their boss, Max, a paranoiac comic genius and tyrant with a heart of gold, is breaking down from exhaustion, alcohol and pills as he tries to cope with interfering network executives. The play is one great laugh after another whilst reminding us of a darker time in America of sexism, racism, and the Communist witch hunts.



Hamish Anderson


Ian Johnson


Kevin Trask


Richard Humphries


Colin Mortley


Sarah Somers

Max Prince:

Neil McColl


Lizzie Matjacic



Kevin Trask

Production Coordinator:

Catherine Carr

Lighting Design:

Colin Mortley

Set Design:

John Shelbourn

Sound Design:

Kevin Trask

Stage Manager:

Lynn Dean


Margaret Bayley, Sylvia Carr

Lighting Operation:

Terry Dean

Sound Operator and Special Effects:

Nicholas Ryan

Assistant Stage Manager:

Merinda Backway

Saxaphone recording:

Paula Mackenzie

Stage Crew:

Ian Carter, Maria Fleming

Scenic Artist:

Merinda Backway

Set Painting:

Catherine Carr, Emily Carter, Maria Fleming


Rebecca Pool

Assistant with properties:

Catherine Carr

Set Construction:

Keith Boulton, Leigh Delmenico, Luc Hermans, Stephen Nichols Snr, Les Wallis, Ted Waring

Front of House Manager:

Lesley Bailey

Assisted by the ladies and gentlemen of the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre


Alan Quantrell


John Shelbourn

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