Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

It's Only a Play

From 109 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, 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)

Member Reviews (109)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious
Avg Score

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Relevant

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.

Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Witty

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

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you like plays about plays.

Don't see it if you don't like plays about plays.

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Indulgent

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

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Insipid

See it if You enjoy famous-cast comedies, even if the laughs aren't well-earned.

Don't see it if You can't stand fluffy comedies.

Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Delightful, Ambitious

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

Don't see it if you hate comedies.

Funny, Quirky, Indulgent, Fluffy, Inside-baseball

See it if You know all the ins and outs of the Broadway industry, and find the industry's foibles hilarious.

Don't see it if You don't read daily.

Original, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

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.

Hilarious, Great performances, Clever, Fluffy

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,

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you love Mathew Broderick and all stars.

Don't see it if you don't like comedies.

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Great cast, Hilarious, Insignificant, Lighthearted, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a show where you can kick back & laugh & not have to think too hard. It's a good way to unwind in the theater after work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more highbrow show with a message. This is basically mindless entertainment. (Not that there's anything wrong w/that!)

Disappointing, Funny, Slow

See it if You want to see a star-studded cast making fun of Broadway!

Don't see it if You are expecting a fast-paced comedy, the direction was a tad too slow for a comedy.

Funny, Relevant, Fluffy, Ambitious

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.

Cliched, Funny, Ambitious, Fell short, Almost

See it if The actors are so great, but limited by the script. If you don't mind checking your watch a few times during the show, see it.

Don't see it if You don't like slap stick humor.

Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you like the cast and do not have high expectations.

Don't see it if you are looking for a show with real substance, one that is capable of surviving without the help of well known actors and actresses.

Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if If you like the cast and enjoy theatre comedies.

Don't see it if If you want a fast paced, beautiful masterpiece.

Fluffy, Indulgent, Overrated, Great cast

See it if you get a kick out of laughing too hard at obscure theater references to prove you're in-the-know.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for something forgettable.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if you love the actors involved

Don't see it if you want something with a grand plot and story to follow

Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if You like great comedians making fun of current showbiz.

Don't see it if You prefer more original and edgier comedy. Some of the performances are less than inspired.


See it if You want to see a play that is has great writing and acting at some points and bad writing and acting at other points.

Don't see it if You want to see a quality play.

Funny, Dated, Intelligent

See it if you want to see big names

Don't see it if you want a really deep story or a more intense night of theater

Clever, Funny, Fluffy, An easy night at the theater

See it if you want to watch masterful performances by all except Matthew Broderick; you are an actor or know a lot about the way theaters operate

Don't see it if you are looking for something profound (it's not Shakespeare); you don't like theater making fun of itself

Clever, Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Funny

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

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Great cast

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.

Great cast, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you love a great cast, over the top characters, and/or work in the theater industry.

Don't see it if you dislike theater set in the world of theater.

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