Show is a laugh-a-minute show that makes gentle fun of the Broadway biz

Published on September 12, 2018 on

Image result for "It's Only a Play" LImelight Gilroy“It’s “Only A Play,” written by Terrence McNally and produced by Kevin Heath and Alan Obata, is the 39th production since Limeligh Actors Theater’s beginning. First offered in 1978 then redone in 1982 then redone again a number of times to fit the many inside references to then and current day Broadway.

The play tells the wild and crazy story of a group waiting on opening night for reviews of a play they have all been involved with one way or another. Limelight Director Kevin Heath has gathered for the most part a solid group of his inner circle of actors to bring this upbeat  story to the Limelight stage.

The group nervously gathers on the second floor of a Manhattan townhouse, (while the opening night party is going full blast downstairs), of the clueless, wealthy first-time producer, to await the opening night reviews of her new play that opened that night. The writer, director, lead actors , an innocent waiter and critic join her with verbal, tense horseplay hitting out with “in the Broadway business” jokes at big names (some of us won’t recognize or remember).

Peter Mandel, Rosalind Farotte, Rachel Perry, Jason Harris, Michael Johnson, Bruce Pember, Gannon Janisch and we can’t forget Nani Perry as Torch all give enthusiastic  performances that keeps the show moving and keeps the audience laughing.

“It’s Only A Play” brings an amusing well done comedy to the  Limelight stage that submits consistent good humor. Let’s face it we all need to laugh as much as we can these days.


Where: Limelight Actors Theatre – The bring-your-own-dinner-and-wine theater at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey Street (7th & Monterey)
Tickets: $25 – senior Tickets $22
Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission
Performances: Weekends through Sept. 29 with matinees Sept. 16 & 23
Reservations and Information: (408) 472-3292 or visit
Do make reservations,
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with an 8 p.m. curtain
Check for matinees – doors open at 1 p.m. with a 2 p.m. curtain.
Lots of easy parking is available
Bring your dinner and wine, (corkage fee).
Dinner can also be ordered from the Milias Restaurant from their “Limelight Theatre to Go Menu”
 Order by noon the day of the show and dinner will be delivered to the theatre at 7pm. To order call (408) 337-5100.


Camille Bounds

Camille Bounds

Theater Columnist at Gilroy Life
Camille Bounds is the theater columnist for the Morgan Hill Life and Gilroy LIfe newspapers. She has performed on Broadway and traveled around the world. She can be reached at: bounds17@gmail,com
Camille Bounds