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The Understudy at Sylvia Center for the Arts


The Understudy is a comedy by Theresa Rebeck, presented by American Theater Northwest at the Sylvia Center for the Arts in the Lucas Hicks Theater. In The Understudy, a backstage rehearsal for a Broadway production of an undiscovered drama by Franz Kafka turns into a hilariously Kafkaesque nightmare as Harry, a down-on-his luck actor, clashes with the movie star hes assigned to understudy. The frazzled stage manager, Roxanne, works to keep the rehearsal on track while she is forced to resolve her own personal romantic history with Harry. This is a thoughtful and intelligent backstage comedy that is at turns funny, witty, moving, and ultimately full of hope for these three characters looking for meaning in our absurd world.