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VOL. 24 - NO. 39
OCT 13 - 20, 2019
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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Hillbarn Theatre Presents Terrence McNally’s Satirical Farce, “It’s Only a Play”

Sep 20, 2019
Hillbarn Theatre, the Peninsula's premier theatre company, continues its 2019–20 season with Terrence McNally’s satirical farce, “It’s Only a Play.” Hailed as being hilariously, sidesplittingly funny, “It’s Only a Play” will perform at the Hillbarn Theatre (1285 East Hillsdale Blvd.) in Foster City, CA. on October 10–27, 2019.



It’s the opening night of ‘The Golden Egg’ on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her swanky Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs in the bedroom, where a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. The group includes the excitable playwright; the possibly unstable wunderkind director; the pill-popping leading lady, and the playwright’s best friend, for whom the play was written but who passed up this production for a television series. Add to this a drama critic who’s panned the playwright in the past and a new-in-town aspiring singer, and you have a prime recipe for the narcissism, ambition, childishness, and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre! But don’t worry: this play is sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.



“This show is a hilarious look into the real-life drama of drama,” says Dan Demers, Hillbarn Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director. “Our tight-knit cast of seven brilliant actors delivers this smart script with impeccable comedic timing and acerbic wit that will have audiences howling!”



The show was originally produced by Manhattan Theatre Club at The Space City Center Theater in New York in 1985, then revised for Broadway in 2014, starring actors including Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Rupert Grint, Nathan Lane, and Micah Stock.



Under the direction of Steve Muterspaugh, “It’s Only a Play” features Ryan Cordero as ‘Peter Austin,’ the playwright; April Green as the producer, ‘Julia Budder;’ Jesse Caldwell as ‘Ira Drew,’ the critic; Gary Schoenfeld as ‘Frank Finger,’ the director; Luisa Sermol as ‘Virginia Noyes,’ the star of the show; Chris Reber as ‘James Wicker,’ the playwright’s best friend, and Josiah Frampton as ‘Gus P. Head,’ the aspiring singer.

The creative team for “It’s Only a Play” includes Kuo-Hao Lo (Scenic Deisgner), James Goode (Sound Designer), and Valerie Bradshaw (Costumers, Hair and Makeup).



Single tickets range in price from $27–$60 are available by calling (650) 349-6411 ext. 2 or visiting www.hillbarntheatre.org.


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