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Enter Laughing

Enter Laughing

Enter Laughing is a play by Joseph Stein.

Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Carl Reiner, it centers on the journey of young aspiring actor David Kolowitz as he tries to extricate himself from overly protective parents (who want him to be a married pharmacist) and two too many girlfriends, while struggling to meet the challenge of a dearth of talent in 1930s New York City.

After two previews, the Broadway production, directed by Gene Saks, opened on March 13, 1963 at Henry Miller's Theatre, where it ran for 419 performances. The cast included Alan Arkin, Vivian Blaine, Sylvia Sidney, Michael J. Pollard, and Alan Mowbray.

Arkin won both the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Theatre World Award for his performance.

In early 1967, Reiner wrote the screenplay for and directed a film version starring Reni Santoni, José Ferrer, Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin, Don Rickles, David Opatoshu, and Rob Reiner.

The play served as the basis for the ill-fated 1976 musical So Long, 174th Street.

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