Think it’s easy to be funny? Is it a joy to tell jokes? To do “physical” fun?
Ah, . . . no folks, not really.
Comedy, as any actor or comedian will tell you, is hard.
And that’s just the case these nights at Ocean State. The production of “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” finds nine hard-working performers giving it all they’ve got.
Led by Trinity Rep’s leading actor, Fred Sullivan Jr., the cast pounces and pumps.
They jump on every Simon gag. They are happy to be physical throughout.
With their very fine new performing space (excellent sight lines, comfortable seats, good facilities) it seems a shame that Ocean State has picked a weak-at-the-knees Neil Simon play to officially open Rhode Island’s newest theater.