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New Barn play continues this week

The Barn Theatre presents “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and Monday through Aug. 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for ages 18 and younger and are available at the box office or by calling 320-235-9500.

The comedy takes a fictionalized look at the backstage chaos that went into producing one of the landmarks of television's golden age.

It is based on Neil Simon’s experience in the early '50s as a staff writer on Sid Caesar's television series “Your Show of Shows.” ,

Max Prince, played by Terry Brunson, is the star of The Max Prince Show, a popular comedy-variety series that is a major hit on the East Coast, but network executive insists that it's too sophisticated for the Midwest, and urges Prince to dumb down his act.

Between the tensions of producing an hour of top-quality comedy each week and being pestered about his ratings, Prince is beginning to unravel.

His last line of defense against both the network and the ratings are his writing staff, which spends its days coming up with business for the show while hurling humorous invective at each other and anyone else within earshot.

Keeping up a running commentary on the writing, fighting and wacky antics is Simon's alter-ego Lucas Brickman, played by Charlie Orth.

Other cast members are Dave Holmquist, Anton Switajewski, Nate Lundstrom, Benjamin T. Mooberry, Jessica Mooberry, as Carol Wyman, Emily Walz and Steve Verhelst.

The play is directed by Tom Orth. Quincy Roers is the technical director and Pam Klein is the costume designer. Harrison Korkor and Jakson Martens are the lighting crew.