It’s Only a Play originally opened off-off-Broadway in 1982. It was revived in 1986 off-Broadway. In 2014, it had its Broadway debut with a rewrite by Terrence McNally to bring it into the current day. The scene is an opening night party at the producer’s penthouse in Manhattan. The cast and staff are anxiously waiting for the reviews to come in.
Terrence McNally (Anastasia) has written a hilarious and timely play. All the references to the current Broadway productions and Broadway stars are very well done. It’s a true ensemble piece where every actor has a chance to shine.
Layke Fowler is perfect in the role of the coat boy, a newcomer to the city eager to be an actor. Sean Michael Barrett (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) is so funny as James Wicker, the former theatre actor who now has a hit TV show and is best friends with the playwright. Melinda “MJ” Deamon (The Shady Lady, Born Yesterday) is stellar as Virginia Noyes, a former Broadway star making her return. Nat Kier (Born Yesterday) is so funny and eccentric as the director who is tired of good reviews. Valerie Gerlock (Boeing Boeing, The Real Inspector Hound) is great as the new producer. Danne W. Taylor is superb as the theatre critic. He delivers some of the best lines of the night. Joshua Paul Wright (Boeing Boeing, The Shady Lady) is outstanding as the playwright. He is so likeable and funny and a true staple of SSP.
Cost of a ticket: $30
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Exceptional Value
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother
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