It’s Only a Play is a theatrical play by Terrence McNally. In 1986, the play ran Off Broadway and on Broadway in the year 2014.
Originally, the play was termed Broadway and was closed at the time of the Philadelphia tryouts in the year 1978. James Coco and Geraldine Page were part of the casts and the play was prepared on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neil Theater.
However, the show got negative feedbacks and reviews, and the supposedly opening on Broadway was cancelled. McNally lost confidence, but later realized that having a show closed is not the worst thing.
In 1982, the play was remade from a 1978 version and was launched off-off Broadway under the Manhattan Punch Line at the Actors and Directors Theater.
The play had its previews on December 17, 1985 and was officially launched off-Broadway on January 11, 1986 until January 26, 1986, under the production of the Manhattan Theater Club at the New York City Center Stage 1.
In the off Broadway, It’s Only a Play is directed by John Tillinger, starring Paul Benedict as Ira Drew, Christine Baranski as Julia Budder, Mark Blum as Peter Austin, James Coco as James Wicker, David Garrison as Frank Finger, Florence Stanley as Emma and Joanna Gleason as Virginia Noyes.
It’s Only a Play is set on the launching night of Peter Austin’s newest play as he uneasily waits to see if his new show will be a hit on the go.
Along with this, Peter Austin shares his big night with his best friend, his unpredictable leading lady, his successful director, his immature producer, a drama critic and a stunned attendant during his first night in Manhattan.
The play is fully boxed with comedy that will surely bring hilarity to the many hearts of the audiences. On October 9, 2014, the play started its journey on Broadway for a limited 18-week engagement at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, New York.