The hottest-selling show on Broadway this fall is, surprisingly, not a musical. Instead, it’s the revival of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy It’s Only a Play, set in a theater producer’s lavish New York apartment where a group of onstage and offstage principals anticipate the reviews after opening night.
The reason for It's Only a Play's current ticket craze is the virtually all-star cast: Matthew Broderick is the playwright; Nathan Lane is his best friend; Rupert Grint is the genius director; Megan Mullally is the novice producer; Stockard Channing is the addled leading lady; and F. Murray Abraham is the dreaded newspaper critic.
In-real-life New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his review of how these stars fare in this revival and if updating the script with contemporary pop culture references changes the humor .
Directed by Jack O’Brien, It's Only a Play runs through Jan. 4, 2015, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.