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Iowa Summer Rep responds to demand by adding "Laughter" performances

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Responding to unprecedented ticket demand, Iowa Summer Rep has added two performances to its festival of plays by Neil Simon. The additional performances of "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" will be at 2 p.m. Sundays, July 20 and 27, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

The festival has also added four half-price standing room slots to each of the remaining "Laughter" performances, which were virtually sold out before the show opened on July 2. Standing-room tickets are available only at the door.

Some tickets remain available for performances of Simon's "God's Favorite," a comic update of the biblical Book of Job, performed in E.C. Mabie Theatre of the Theatre Building through July 19.

"Laughter on the 23rd Floor," which premiered in 1993, has been described as Simon's most fast-paced and manic comedy. Jack Kroll wrote in Newsweek, "Now that Neil Simon has won his Pulitzer Prize he can relax and just be funny. That's what he's done in 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor,' his 29th Broadway production and one of his funniest."

The play was inspired by Simon's memories of television's "golden age," when he was part of a comedy-writing team that included Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner. Their jokes and skits for Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on NBC's "Your Show of Shows" are regarded as some of the most inspired material ever written for the medium.

Tickets for "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" are $15 ($8 for UI students, senior citizens and young people 17 and younger). Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Hancher Auditorium box office.

Hancher box office summer hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

The University of Iowa Community Credit Union is the corporate sponsor of Iowa Summer Rep.

7/9/97