New York | 2h 30m | Already closed

It's Only a Play

From 107 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Hilarious

About the show

Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane lead an all-star cast in a comedy written by Tony winner Terrence McNally about theatre people behaving badly. More…

It’s opening night of Peter Austin’s (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Nathan Lane), his novice producer, his doped-up diva (Stockard Channing), his genius director, a lethal drama critic (F. Murray Abraham), and a fresh-off-the-bus coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan.

2h 30m | Already closed | Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Midtown W)


100
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see something witty

Don't see it if You want to see a musical

100
Intelligent, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You like fast paced comedy

Don't see it if You don't like comedy

100
Original, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love a great cast of famous people!

Don't see it if nothing bad to say, it was great!

97
Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you are looking for a good laugh and great actors.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical.

95
Funny, Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if enjoy a star-studded show.

Don't see it if don't have a sense of humor.

93
Relevant, Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the ups and downs of Theater life and the intensity of waiting for the reviews to come inn

Don't see it if You want to see a musical.

92
Raunchy, Great acting, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love to laugh!

Don't see it if Vulgar language makes you uncomfortable.

91
Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to witness superb comedic performances from some of Broadway's best.

Don't see it if You're not well-versed in the Broadway community. A lot of the jokes will go over your head, as they are geared towards Bway fanatics

91
Great cast, Original, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like a great ensemble cast, story and love to laught.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh.

90
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you want to laugh with a phenomenal cast

Don't see it if you're expecting a musical

89
Fluffy, Clever, Great performances, Hilarious

See it if old school comedies ie one set, obvious set-up and a huge pay-off. The cast is superb, one of whom should arrested for scene stealing!

Don't see it if if drawing room comedies that aren't much deeper than their set bore you. But lighten up; it's only a play,

87
Witty, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You love fast paced witty comedies with lots of entertainment industry references.

Don't see it if You don't like silly over the top comedies

86
Funny, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You're a fan of any of the leads, like The Producers, enjoy theater shows about theater

Don't see it if You're not a fan of plays or theater about theater

86
Indulgent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like the cast and want to see a funny, silly play

Don't see it if You're looking for a serious theatre experience or something overly complex.

85
Great writing, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You want to enjoy an entertaining, well produced, funny show.

Don't see it if You're expecting or want something more grand. The comedy is very sutble.

Also My mom, who isn't a theatre person and will only come to the most popu... Read more Read less

85
Must see, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You love to laugh

Don't see it if you should see this!

85
Refreshing, Hilarious, Great acting, Clever

See it if you love the theater and enjoy jokes about the people in it and shows.

Don't see it if you have no knowledge of theater at all

85
Relevant, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if fantastic writing and acting. Great direction.

Don't see it if you can't stand how Matthew Broderick derails the pace of the entire show.

85
Ambitious, Fluffy, Relevant, Funny

See it if great show with a lot of laughs.

Don't see it if F. Murray Abraham and Matthew Broderick were a bore. very light and fluffy story.

82
Indulgent, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a pleasant entertaining night out at the theater. A simple, silly farce with many famous actors.

Don't see it if you want to see something serious and/or thought-provoking

82
Ambitious, Delightful, Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you love a good laugh about opening night on broadway!

Don't see it if you hate comedies.

81
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Original

See it if you enjoy a great cast with perfect timing to hilariously entertain the audience behind the scene of their play's opening night party.

Don't see it if are looking for a serious drama and/or do not care for some over the top silliness.

80
Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see big name actors.

Don't see it if You were hoping for an edgy contemporary story.

80
Hilarious, Quirky, Intelligent, Funny, Confusing

See it if You have seen almost ever play or musical along with movies the cast has been in.

Don't see it if You haven't seen almost every play, musical, movie the cast has started in. Some of the acting was terrible.

80
Funny, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you enjoy witty, clever, self-referential stories..and Matthew Broderick.

Don't see it if you're expecting more than fluff.


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