The Understudy archiveFull of laugh-out-loud comedy and vivacious satire, The Understudy dissects the backstage friction of a frenzied understudy rehearsal of a long lost Kafka play about to be staged on Broadway. Charged with running the rehearsal, Roxanne finds her professional and personal lives colliding when Harry, a jobbing actor, is cast as understudy to Jake, a mid-level action star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned lighting board operator, an omnipresent intercom system, the producers threatening to close the show and her own mixed feelings about both actors and her past. Will the show go on? Staged as part of Canal Cafe's American Season, The Understudy is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of never-ending obstacles.


Leonard Sillevis (Jake), Samuel John (Harry), Emma Taylor (Roxanne)


Author: Theresa Rebeck
Presented by(s): Canal Cafe Theatre, Russell Lucas
Director: Russell Lucas
Design: Stuart Glover (LX/SFX designer)
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The Understudy

The Understudy (Play) production archive for QTIX code T0863079682. Details of all The Understudy archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S01152380399

Archive Listings

21 Feb 17
11 Mar 17
Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub
Inner London
Greater London

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