It's Only A Play
by Terrence McNally

December 1-16, 1989
Directed by Terry Veal

An hilarious send-up of show business and its often bizarre practitioners, which uses the occasion of a disastrous opening night party to pile one wildly funny comic sequence upon another.

Len Slater's Hirschfeld-inspired illustration of the IT'S ONLY A PLAY cast
- Len Slater's Hirschfeld-inspired illustration of the IT'S ONLY A PLAY cast -
From left: Marcellus Hankins, Len Slater, Linda Slawson, Francis Crim,
Betty Shedeck, Kingley Adams, Dennis Garland, and Martha Stroud

It's the opening night of "The Golden Egg" on Broadway, and Julia Budder, the wealthy producer, is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the producer's bedroom, waiting for the reviews to come in. Included are the excitable young author; the brilliant but unstable director (who courts failure and is devastated when his work is well received); the pill-popping leading lady (who is hoping to revive her career after a series of flop movies); and the playwright's best friend, an egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series--which has since been cancelled.

Also present are a fawning, hypocritical drama critic (who is a closet playwright); a would-be singer working as a part-time servant; and a hard-boiled lady taxi driver who has seen it all, many times over. The good natured bonhommie with which the evening begins grows steadily bitchier--and funnier--as the reviews (all bad) come in, and those assembled seek desperately to pin the blame on each other. But, as euphoria slides into despair, the narcissism, ambition, childishness and just plain irrationality which infuse the theatre and its denizens take over, and as the curtain falls plans are eagerly afoot for their next venture--this one sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.

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  Marcellus Hankins
James Wicker   Kingsley Adams
Virginia Noyes   Linda Slawson
Frank Finger   Len Slater
Julia Budder   Betty Shedeck
Ira Drew   Dennis Garland
Peter Austin   Francis M. Crim
Emma Bovary   Martha Stroud


Director   Terry Veal
Stage Manager   Bob Cross
Props   Linda Lagan
Costumes   David Shuler
Lights/Sound   Stephanie Telleen
Set Design   Terry Veal
Francis M. Crim
Set Decoration   Barbara Babcock
Set Construction Supervisor   Jim Osterlund
Set Construction   Francis M. Crim
Terry Veal
Tech Supervisor   Michael Cregan
Lighting Design   Francis M. Crim
Sound Recording   Richard Corner
Publicist   Michelle DeLong
Logo Design   Len Slater
Photographer   Elaine Warner
CST Board Liaison   Kenny Walker


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