The show, which lost the 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event to Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway last night, celebrates the comic team of Foley and McColl; it tells the story of McColl trying to get his play, A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple, produced on Broadway.
The Play What I Wrote made news earlier this year by offering tickets from $1 to $5 for its first five previews. Additionally, the show has been notable for the gimmick of featuring a secret celebrity guest star at each performance; those who have participated include Roger Moore, Liam Neeson, Zoe Caldwell, Nathan Lane, Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, and John Lithgow.
In his review of the show for TheaterMania, David Finkle wrote: "During the course of The Play What I Wrote, the buffoon played by McColl goes through some self-esteem crises. 'I am not funny and I have no hope of ever being funny,' he moans while sitting on a bench and contemplating a show-biz farewell. If there is anything brave about the comedy of Foley and McColl, it's the sheer chutzpah they display in lofting this remark when so many people in the audience must be silently agreeing with the sentiment."