Uptown Players presents It's Only A Play
Uptown Players continues its 2016 season with the regional premiere of the Terrence McNally's 2014-15 Broadway hit, It’s Only a Play.
In It’s Only a Play, a wealthy first-time Broadway producer, Julia Budder, is throwing an opening night party for The Golden Egg at her luxurious Manhattan home. The playwright Peter Austin, the director, the actors, along with assorted friends and hangers-on (including a critic) nervously wait for the late-night reviews printed in the newspapers.
Meanwhile, they gossip and throw out the names of the celebrities who are in attendance. Virginia Noyes, the star of the show, is taking drugs. James Wicker, an old friend of the playwright, is now a successful TV actor who turned down the lead in the play, and is relieved and secretly thrilled about the bad reviews that arrive. And, although Ira Drew is a theater critic, he is very critical of the theater because he has no talent to actually participate, despite his secretly writing plays.
It’s Only a Play is alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — and proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage.