The play is about a husband-and-wife gossip-column team who work at a New York City tabloid very much like the New York Post. It draws on a 1988 incident involving former Post columnist Aileen Mehle. Mehle was discovered to have penned a column about a society event while never having actually attended the soiree—and, in fact, she was on vacation in the Lesser Antilles at the time. In the Beane play, the writers begin to invent fake events and celebrities. Eventually, their tricks catch up with them.
The Post said that Parker hopes to appear in the comedy with her husband, Matthew Broderick. No time frame is set for a production.
Beane is riding high right now with his hit Off-Broadway comedy The Little Dog Laughed at Second Stage. That play, too, is casting about for a larger life, with a transfer to Broadway being a possibility.