In the era of social media, there’s no such thing as waiting for theater reviews to hit newsstands. As soon as audience members and critics leave, they immediately publish their reactions to what just unfolded onstage. That’s if they can resist tweeting during intermission.
But back in 1982, a production’s cast, crew, playwright and director would agonize for hours over how their hard work was received as they eagerly awaited the first newspaper of the day.
That was the state of the media world when Terrence McNally’s It’s Only A Play first hit off-off Broadway in the early 1980s before eventually making its way to the Great White Way in 2014 with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the leading roles.
When the Uptown Players production opens next week, Dallas acting greats B.J. Cleveland and Chamblee Ferguson take over the roles in the uproarious comedy set during the opening night party for a show called The Golden Egg.
It all takes place at the home of a first-time Broadway producer and everyone is anxious to get the scoop on what critics thought of their play.What ensues is a party filled with gossip, drugs, booze, celebrities and plenty of laughs.
This inside look at what happens after the theater lights dim offers a different perspective on the world of live theater and the often fragile egos that lurk behind the biggest personalities.
We’re just along for the bumpy, bumpy ride.
by Terrence McNally
Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas