The cast of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” – Lanny Freshman, Crystal Rowlands, Dan Rowlands, Edward Mastin, Gina Lynne Fortino and the versatile Jim Uva. The Neil Simon comedy runs through May 3, at CNY Playhouse, in DeWitt’s ShoppingTown Mall. The art deco set was designed by Navroz Dabu.
continued In “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” Uva’s Ira Stone seems a bit on the manic side himself. He insists he’s dying of a brain tumor, then sits down to write jokes. He laughs off threats of Joe McCarthy’s blacklist and engages in badinage with his meal-ticket, Max Prince, even daring to scrawl on the wall in which the imperious Max routinely punches holes.
Uva dedicated his “Laughter” appearance to his dad and mom. “While I was young, dad taught me what to laugh at,” the actor wrote, “and mom taught me how to laugh, period.”
“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” continues at CNY Playhouse, near the Macy’s entrance at DeWitt’s ShoppingTown Mall, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 24,25 and 26, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27; and at 8 p.m. May 1, 2 and 3. Tickets cost $15 Thursday and Sunday and $20 on Friday and Saturday, or $34.95 for 6:30 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. show on Saturdays; 885-8960; cnyplayhouse.com.