The cast of CLT’s upcoming production of the comedy “It’s Only A Play” is pictured here at a recent rehearsal. Standing left to right are Jamie Bannister, Roger Philippon, John Blanchette, and Brian Pfohl. Seated are Jennifer Groover and Sarah Duncan, and below them is Benjamin Simpson. The show opens on Jan. 19. Submitted photo

Director Eileen Messina has announced the cast for the upcoming production of the Terrence McNally comedy “It’s Only A Play,” which will open CLT’s 83rd season on January 19, at Community Little Theatre in Auburn.

A wealthy first-time Broadway producer is throwing an opening night party for a new show at her luxurious Manhattan home. She is joined by the playwright, a television star, a novice producer, a doped-up diva, a brilliant British director, a lethal drama critic, and a fresh-off-the-bus coat-check attendant. As they nervously wait for the first reviews to come in, they gossip, bicker, name-drop, and regale about their respective theater experiences.

The show ran for 274 performances on Broadway in 2014 with a cast led by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing and F. Murray Abraham. Alternately raucous and ridiculous, this comedy proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage. The play includes adult themes and strong language.

Making up the cast of “It’s Only A Play” are Jamie Bannister as the producer Julia Budder; Jennifer Groover as the diva Virginia Noyes; Brian Pfohl as the playwright Peter Austin; John Blanchette as the actor James Wicker; Benjamin Simpson as the director Frankie Finger; Sarah Duncan as the attendant Gus Head; and Roger Philippon as the critic Ira Drew.

“It’s Only A Play” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28; and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 29. Ticket prices (including all fees) are $22 for adults, $19 for seniors, and $14 for students. Tickets are available online at or by calling 207-783-0958.

Subscribers to CLT’s 83rd season can enjoy savings of 25 percent and get four shows for the price of three. Priority reserved seating is offered to subscribers, and the new season ticket prices are $66 for adults, $57 for seniors, and $42 for students (prices include all fees). Season tickets are now on sale at

L/A Community Little Theater, located at 30 Academy St., Auburn, has been producing live theater since 1940. A volunteer, non-profit organization, our goal is to provide affordable and quality entertainment in the performing arts as well as education, training, and experience in theater for area youth. For more information, visit

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