Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick star in Terrence McNally's comedy.
What Is the Story of It’s Only a Play?
It’s opening night of The Golden Egg, the latest comedy by rising playwright Peter Austin, and his rich-but-inexperienced producer is throwing a star-studded celebration at her East Side brownstone. On hand are Peter’s best friend (a wisecracking TV star who was supposed to return to Broadway in the show), the play’s flamboyant, drug-addled leading lady and bratty British director, a blowhard theater critic and a starry-eyed coat check attendant who has just arrived in New York. This nutty collection of first-night partygoers keeps crossing paths in the producer’s sumptuous bedroom as they wait for the all-important judgment of the critics.
What Is It’s Only a Play Like?
The jokes fly fast and furious in playwright Terrence McNally’s farcical valentine to people who make a living (or try to) in the theater. One-liners skewer everyone from Liza Minnelli and Lady Gaga to Harvey Fierstein and Daniel Radcliffe, along with almost every currently running hit show. It’s absolutely not necessary, however, to be a Broadway expert in order to have a great time at It’s Only a Play. An all-star cast keeps the action light and lively, and you’ll end up rooting for The Golden Egg and everyone involved in it.
Is It’s Only a Play Good for Kids?
Not really. The play is packed with jokes and situations aimed at an adult audience, but theater-obsessed teens will enjoy seeing the starry cast trade jibes.