by Theresa Rebeck
directed by David Kennedy
December 29, 2010 – January 30, 2011
A smash hit Off-Broadway last year, The Understudy is the latest comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck (Omnium Gatherum, Bad Dates, Mauritius), one of the most produced female playwrights in America. When a smug Hollywood action star lands a prestigious role in Franz Kafka’s newly discovered play on Broadway, things couldn’t be better…until he meets his understudy. Can a love-sick, charmingly ditzy stage manager prevent a battle royale from developing between the two rival actors? Will the show go on? Spirited and laugh-out-loud funny, The Understudy places the backstage friction of a frenzied rehearsal center stage with vivacious satire and Kafkaesque theatrics.
“A masterpiece of comic clockwork, raucously funny!”
– The Wall Street Journal