Culture in brief: backstage comedy at Studio
Left to right: Ira Drew (Bill Barry, Montclair), Gus P. Head (Kevin Ohlweiler, Verona), Frank Finger (Troy Hall, Montclair) [Seated, L to R] Julia Budder (Faith Blasi, Montclair), Peter Austin (Ted Cancila, Hoboken), James Wicker (Chad Anthony Miller, NYC), and Virginia Noyes (Stephanie Hedges, Montclair) await the reviews of Broadway’s latest, “The Golden Egg.” COURTESY STEPHANIE HEDGES[/caption]Five Montclairites reunite to mount Terrence McNally’s “It’s Only a Play” at Studio Playhouse, from Thursday, Jan. 10 through Saturday, Jan. 25. All performances are at 8 p.m. except for Sundays, at 3 p.m.
The play stars four Montclair locals in McNally's backstage comedy: Bill Barry as a futsy critic, Troy Hall as an enfant terrible playwright, Faith Blasi as an over-her-head producer, and Stephanie Hedges as a sunsetting diva. The company also includes Kevin Ohlweiler, Verona; Peter Austin, Hoboken, and Chad Anthony Miller, of NYC.
Director Peyton Thomas is also from Montclair. McNally’s 1982 comedy (rewritten for the 2014 Broadway production) takes place on the opening night of “The Golden Egg” on Broadway, at the home of a wealthy producer throwing a party. While celebrities come in downstairs, the backstage insiders wait for the reviews in the bedroom. Studio Playhouse is at 14 Alvin Place. For tickets and information, visit studioplayhouse.org, or call 973-744-9752.