The Understudy

by Theresa Rebeck
directed by David Kennedy
December 29, 2010January 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

Running Time: 
95 minutes without an intermission

Press / News

"...the production is at once funny and intellectually stirring."
— Philadelphia Weekly
"...this three-actor, one-act play brims with laughter and energy."
— Philadelphia Magazine
"Ragingly funny...big-time laughs! The Understudy hits the mark from its first surprising minute to the last scene!”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
Theater no trivial pursuit for playwright Rebeck: The Inquirer's feature article on The Understudy and Playwright Theresa Rebeck
— The Philadelphia Inquirer




Brad Coolidge • Jake
Jenn Harris • Roxanne
Cody Nickell • Harry

Production Team

Theresa Rebeck • Playwright
David Kennedy • Director
Andrew Boyce • Set Designer
Maiko Matsushima • Costume Designer
Sarah Sidman • Lighting Designer
Christopher Colucci • Sound Designer
Jaye Allison • Choreographer