Central New York Playhouse presents ‘It’s Only a Play’ Aug. 10 through 18

Central New York Playhouse presents ‘It’s Only a Play’ Aug. 10 through 18

It’s the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer (Julia Budder) 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) and a would-be singer working as a part-time servant. 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 that 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.

Cast & Production Team

  • James Wicker: Donnie Williams
  • Frank Finger: Daryl Acevedo
  • Virginia Noyes: Anne Fitzgerald
  • Ira Drew: Roy VanNorstrand
  • Peter Austin: Abel Searor
  • Julia Budder: Heather Jensen
  • Gus P. Head: Isaac Betters
  • Director: Stephfond Brunson
  • Stage Manager: Lizzy Allers
  • Producer: Naomi Sorrwar-Randall
  • Set Design: Chris Lupia
  • Costume Design: Donnie Williams
  • Sound Design: Robert G. Searle

For more information, tickets and reservations, call 315.885.8960, email rsvp@cnyplayhouse.org or visit cnyplayhouse.org.

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