NJT opening 24th Season with Neil Simon show


New Jewish Theatre will revisit Neill Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” for the opening of its 2022 season. Above: A photo of the cast of NJT’s 2010 production of the play. (John Lamb)

The New Jewish Theatre will open up its five-show 24th season with a Neil Simon classic comedy. “We chose to open our season with this play because of its unique humor and because it allows us to continue our exploration of America’s most prolific Jewish playwrights,” said NJT Artistic Director Edward Coffield. “Our audiences love Neil Simon. We had a colossal hit with ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ in 2019, and this play is also biographical. I consider it to be one of his funniest plays.”

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“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” is inspired by Simon’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesars’s “Your Show of Shows.” This ensemble comedy features all the comic dramas as the harried writing staff frantically scramble to top each other’s gags while competing for the attention of star madman, Max Prince.

The show features a talented cast, including several actors making their NJT debut:  Aaron Mermelstein as Val, Joel Moses as Milt, Michael Pierce as Kenny, Ben Ritchie as Max Prince, and Annie Zigman as Helen. Returning to NJT: Dave Cooperstein as Ira, Kirsten Wylder Debroux as Carol, and Jacob Flekier as Lucas. The production is directed by Artistic Director Eddie Coffield. The creative team is comprised of Dunsi Dai (scenery), Michael Sullivan (lighting), Ellie Schwetye (sound) and Michele Siler (costumes). Siler is celebrating her 22nd season as the resident costume designer at NJT.

“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” runs Jan. 20 – Feb. 6 at the Jewish Community Center’s Wool Studio Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Individual tickets are $47-$54. Season tickets and Flex Passes (a five-ticket package customized to the ticket holder’s preference) are available at the box office, by phone 314-442-3283, or online at newjewishtheatre.org

All NJT productions require proof of vaccination (both doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson). Vaccination card or photo accepted, plus photo ID. Masks must be always worn properly over nose and mouth by everyone.