'It's Only a Play,' but fiercer, funnier with Lane

October 10, 2014 2:56 AM

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NEW YORK — Some artists mellow with age. And then there's Terrence McNally, whose updated version of his 1985 comedy It's Only a Play opened Thursday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

The fierce, frequently uproarious new Play (***½ out of four) has seized considerable attention for bringing a pair of famously compatible superstars, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, back to Broadway. Like the original, though, the work is an ensemble piece; its key characters include a pompous, ...

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