It's Only a Play at the Toledo Rep

On Friday evening, January 20, 2017, Deb and I attended a play at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, located in downtown Toledo, about a 10- to 12-minute drive from our West Toledo home with no traffic.

It has been too long since I last attended a play, and that evening reaffirms my love of live theatre. We attended the Phantom of the Opera last month at the Stranahan, which was a spectacular show. That was the second time that I have seen the professional traveling group perform Phantom in Toledo. I also saw Phantom on Broadway.

But I'm not talking about musicals and operas, which are wonderful. My preference is for live theatre in small settings.

The play that we saw at the Toledo Rep was called "It's Only a Play." We both enjoyed it well. It contained a lot of humor. It touched on theatre life, playwrights, critics, actors, directors, and producers. It made numerous historical references to plays and playwrights from the past.

A celebration of theatre at its best! Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, last seen on Broadway in 2015, It's Only a Play details the opening night anxiety of a new Broadway play. With the playwright's career hanging in the balance, a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. This hilarious play proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage!

Tickets were $20 a piece. It was a two-act play, pretty standard, with about a 20-minute intermission between acts. The first act lasted around 70 minutes. The second act lasted approx 35 to 40 minutes. The play started at 8:00 p.m.

The Toledo Rep is housed is an old, brick building. We need to attend more at both the Toledo Rep and the Village Players, located at our end of town.

After last Friday's play ended, I didn't want to leave. I tried soaking in the atmosphere as long as possible. Great setting. Fun time.