They’re Playing Our Song

Stage review by The Movie Snob

They’re Playing Our Song, presented by Irving Lyric Stage. This is a revival of a 1970s musical that was written by Neil Simon and that apparently served as the source material for the recent movie Music and Lyrics (which I had not seen). Vernon is a successful but neurotic song composer in NYC with a great apartment overlooking Central Park. Sonia is a vivacious but scatterbrained writer of lyrics. You can imagine what happens when the two get together–it pretty much tracks the oldest template in theater: boy-meets-girl, boy loses girl, boy wants girl back. The performances are first-rate, and the songs are winsome. My only quibble is that the break-up seems a little abrupt. But it’s an enjoyable night of theater otherwise.

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