Lloyd Fellowes is the director of a theatre company. He's desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehersals, through opening night, and onto the tour: as with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what's happening on stage is nothing compared to what's happening backstage....Written by
Murray Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although most of the dialogue was taken directly from the play, many words were changed to make the film more understandable for American audiences. Examples include "fortnight" being changed to "two weeks", "technical" being changed to "tech rehearsal", and "sixteen" being changed to "eighteen" (when referring to the age of consent). See more »
Glass in Lloyd's hand after he takes a pill and a drink of whiskey on stage. See more »
Curtains going up! Curtains going... up! Curtains going up!
A big Broadway opening. Everybody who's anybody in New York is inside this theater tonight. Everybody but one man. This man - ME!
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This movie is a great film, period. Great concept, great cast, great plot. The inherent problem is the fact that most of this humor, though very fresh, is lost on most people. Unless you have acted on stage in some facet, this movie is mere slapstick. I saw this movie when I was younger, before I started acting, and I liked it, but it just seemed kind of shallow. Now that I have some stage under my belt, this movie's humor is mindblowing, because the insanity is just that outrageous. I'm not saying people can't like this movie if they aren't actors, but it helps. What helps this movie as well is the intellect of the humor. Below all the slapstick site gags and bad happenings, the depth of the character development is vast and beautiful, making you really think that these people, in the end, hate each other.
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