I had an opportunity to watch this Broadway revival the day after Christmas at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. I was immediately attracted to the play due to one of its actors: Rupert Grint, most famous for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series. The play advertises a host of famous actors and actresses, including F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane, and Megan Mullally. It was an amazing experience to witness a play put on by so many talented individuals, standing mere feet from me.
The play in its entirety takes place on a single set: the master bedroom of a luxorious New York apartment, owned by the producer of a new Broadway play. Set the evening of opening night of this Broadway play, the storyline captures the interactions among the producer (Megan Mullally), director (Rupert Grint), playwright (Matthew Broderick), and one of the actresses (Stockard Channing) as they await critics’ reviews in breathless anticipation.
The comedy immediately captured my attention. The plot was engaging and the acting was superb – all of the actors/actresses could truly portray their characters on stage, just as well as they had in their various productions on screen. Rupert Grint, in particular, did not disappoint. Having moved beyond his role in the Harry Potter film franchise, his acting has certainly matured and he was able to perfectly capture the personality and demeanor of a crazed, ranting director by the name of Frank Finger. His character is quite…eccentric (he manages to pull off eccentric well); within 30 seconds of appearing on stage, Grint drops his drawers, much to the delight of the audience. His appearance in general was…interesting:
You have to admit, that is a very fashionable suit, particularly when paired with that blue patterned tie. But Grint nails his role perfectly.
While I have not had the opportunity to view a large number of Broadway plays, this one stood out among the select few that I have watched (and no, not because of Rupert Grint). I enjoyed the complex, multi-faceted characters, as well as the ornate set and snide lines. It’s Only a Play is appealing to a wide range of audiences, as evidenced by those in attendance who enjoyed the production. Overall, I would see the play a second time in a heartbeat – I don’t think I could ever tire of it.