JULy 2019 | Volume 181
A funny, clever and poignant take on show business.
What do you do when your past catches up to you and demands retribution? Island Productions presents The Understudy, directed by Mel Tuck and starring Sarah Boes, Michael Germant and Drew Henderson. Playwright Theresa Rebeck’s complex love triangle opens August 1st at PAL Studio Theatre in Coal Harbour.
The Understudy: Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for Franz Kafka's undiscovered masterpiece in its Broadway premiere, Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned lightboard operator, an omnipresent intercom system, the producers threatening to shutter the show and her own careening feelings about both actors and her past. Will the show go on?
"…deliver[s] a clever indictment of contemporary theatre while making the characters' personal circumstances ever more Kafkaesque: They are no more in control of the forces of celebrity, art, money, and Broadway than they are of their own fates." — The New Yorker
The Understudy received its World Premiere on the Nikos Stage during the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts, on July 23, 2008. It premiered off-Broadway at Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre in New York a year later.
“The Understudy is an unstable mixture of satire, sentimental comedy and a smidgen of farce.” — The New York Times
The Understudy runs for six shows, August 1-10. Opening night August 1, 8:00 pm.
Tickets are $20. Seniors & Students $10. August 8 tickets are half-price at $10.
PAL Studio Theatre is located at 581 Cardero St, Vancouver, BC V6G 3L3.
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