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Suffern High School Student Acts In Independent Sitcom Pilot

Max Lubiner, center, in blue, with cast of Stand-Up Neurotica.
Max Lubiner, center, in blue, with cast of Stand-Up Neurotica. Photo Credit: Submitted

SUFFERN, N.Y. -- Suffern High School student Max Lubiner is about to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame.

The 17-year-old Suffern resident acts as assistant director and actor in "Stand-Up Neurotica," an independent sitcom pilot produced and written by his dad, Westchester resident Daniel Lubiner, a longtime special education teacher of emotionally-challenged students in the Bronx.

Max's duties included assisting at rehearsals by videotaping the action so his father could review the footage at home. Said Daniel: "He was never shy about adding his own thoughts about a scene." He also worked on shooting days doing everything from helping to prepare breakfasts and lunches, to moving equipment and lights.

And when an actor who was playing a small part as a nurse dropped out, Max was right there to step into the scrubs. As a cast member in a SAG-AFTRA production the Suffern resident also became an eligible member of the distinguished actors union. When his grandparents asked how it went one day he replied, "Apparently now I'm an actor." The whole family will attend the premiere this Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Huckleberry Bar in Brooklyn.

His brother, Harry, a freshman at Suffern High School, also played a critical role in creating the pilot, which took Daniel more than 20 years to see come to fruition. "He and Max both offered ideas and, most importantly, it was they who encouraged me, over the years, to not give up on the project and see it through"

Stand-Up Neurotica claims to "redefine the sitcom," according to Daniel. The show is about a neurotic guy named Seth who manages a comedy club in New York City while dealing with his lesbian ex-wife, a colorful staff of characters and new, often dysfunctional comedians guest-starring and performing each week.

"I wanted to take the best aspects of classic sitcoms like 'Taxi,' 'Cheers,' 'Seinfeld,' and 'Friends,' add an edge of 'adult content' and create the next hit TV show," he said.

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