AROUND THE WORLD
“IT’S ONLY A PLAY”
The designer lets us in on one of his favorite off-duty must-do’s—a night on Broadway.
“I’m such a pop culture vulture. I love everything from airport paparazzi pictures to reality TV to theater and film, so it’s no mystery why “It’s Only A Play” is a perfect night out for folks like me. The play is jammed with references to everyone from Madonna to Mrs. Clinton and from the Kardashians to Kelly Ripa and Ben Brantley. Even if you’re not a theater insider who spends their nights like I do eating at Joe Allen’s, you’ll definitely be in on the joke.
The whole premise of the show is rife with humorous possibilities. It’s the opening night party of a new American play being held at the posh apartment of the play’s dizzy producer (Megan Mullally) as everyone waits for the reviews to come in. The cast is a modern take on the Grand Hotel. The hilarious Nathan Lane, the perfectly deadpan Matthew Broderick, the riotous Stockard Channing, the always-entertaining Mullally and the perpetually talented F. Murray Abraham knock it out of the park. The cherry on the cake is Rupert Grint, playing an insane director. This role definitely moved him passed "Harry Potter". Also, who doesn’t love a great Broadway debut? Micah Stock making his premiere as that stock-in-trade newbie on the New York scene was just great.
Playwright Terrence McNally fills the show with the show with zinger after zinger and updates the pop culture references from the original production back in the 1980s to make everything totally up to date. The show is directed by Jack O’Brien, who understands that no matter how much we look at our phones or devices, nothing beats a perfectly timed belly laugh. You’d have to be made of stone not to crack a smile at this show.
The Park Avenue set was perfectly realized by Scott Pask and the legendary costume designer Ann Roth, as always, gets it right. In fact, fashion plays a big part in the characterization of the story. The coats of all the guests at this insane opening night party tell everything about their owners—from Lady Gaga’s clear plastic one to Daniel Radcliffe’s tiny coat to Tommy Tune’s gigantic faux fur to the tribal coats from the Lion King cast. Yes, even the fashion makes you laugh! It’s a great fun night out with an all-star cast.”
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“Before you go, plan your outfit. For fall I love a sleek, sexy black pant softened with a romantic winter floral blouse paired with city sandals, a glamorous watch and a fringed clutch for fun. Comfort and glamour are the perfect modern theater-going look.”