Backstage Comedy The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck (Smash)
San Jose Repertory Theatre,
Across from the Paseo de San Antonio light rail station
101 Paseo de San Antonio
San Jose Repertory Theatre presents Theresa Rebeck's bitingly funny backstage comedy The Understudy
. A smug (and daft) Hollywood action star lands a prestigious role in Franz Kafka's newly discovered play on Broadway. The stage manager takes this in stride ... until she finds out that the star's understudy is her ex-fiancé, whose presence still makes her knees turn to jello and her words sound like a baby's babbling. Even worse, the understudy has a huge chip on his shoulder about playing second fiddle to a less serious actor. Can this love-sick stage manager prevent a battle royale from developing between the two rival actors? Will the show go on? Pulitzer Prize-nominee Rebeck, the creator and producer of the hit NBC show Smash
, and one of the most produced female playwrights in America, returns to the San Jose Rep stage with this latest off-Broadway hit that looks at all the genius, bitterness and ridiculousness underscoring a life in showbiz.
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