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Renaissance Theaterworks presents: The Understudy

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The Understudy

A bitingly witty backstage comedy
Written By Theresa Rebeck
Directed By Mallory Metoxen
Featuring: Cassandra Bissell, Philip Sletteland and Ken T. Williams
January 17 – February 09, 2014
Studio Theatre, Broadway Theatre Center

(Milwaukee) Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) presents the 2nd show of its 21st season THE UNDERSTUDY a backstage comedy about artists pursuing what they love despite the odds against them.  A first professional directorial debut for Mallory Metoxen, featuring Cassandra Bissell, Philip Sletteland and Ken T. Williams. Opening night is Saturday, January 18th at 8:00 pm.  Running January 17 through February 09, 2014 at the Studio Theatre, 158 N. Broadway, tickets can be purchased for $36 (fee & taxes not included) in person at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office, by telephone at (414) 291-7800, or online at www.r-t-w.com
In this bitingly witty and entertaining comedy, the lights of Broadway cast an affectionate glow on one of the most notorious roles in the theater: the understudy.  The play opens with Franz Kafka’s undiscovered masterpiece making its Broadway premiere.  Roxanne, the stage manager, has the daunting task of running the understudy rehearsal.  Enter Harry, a journeyman actor who just happens to be Roxanne’s ex-fiancé.  And then there’s Jake, a Hollywood action star craving a little legitimacy.  Throw in a stoned light board operator and producers threatening to close the show and you have one very funny comedy. 

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