Aug 27 - Sept 28

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch
Running Time: Approx. 95 minutes without an intermission

Please note: This production contains the use of gunshots. 

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What the critics are saying:

"A touch of magic! Joseph W. Ritsch's staging underlines Rebeck's affectionate homage to the whole world of theatre. All three actors shine!"
–Baltimore Sun

"Masterful! 90 minutes flies by."

"In a word...terrific."
–Baltimore Post-Examiner

"Totally worth the trip! Begins as a seemingly simplistic comedy about the trials of being an under-paid and under-used actor, but as the play continues, comedy becomes a lesson in profound, stark truths."
–MD Theatre Guide

"Impressive! Loads of laughs...hilariously embarrassing confrontations. The more miserable the three characters are on stage, the more delighted we are in the seats."
–City Paper

"Real fun! Everyman does have an immense love for playmaking, and that love comes beaming across the footlights. [They have] launched the Baltimore theatre season with a bang."

"Spot-on and visually stunning! Everyman's tagline is 'Great Stories, Well Told,' and that could not be more in evidence."
–DC Metro Theater Arts

"A guilty pleasure, mind-bending comedy! A satisfying season opener that will resonate."
–DC Theatre Scene

"A masterpiece of comic clockwork" (Wall Street Journal) from the creator of TV's Smash, The Understudy places the backstage tension of a frantic rehearsal in the spotlight. Meet Harry, the "real" actor who's just a tad bitter about his lot in the theatrical world – you see, he's just the understudy. The grossly overpaid, action movie star he's working with doesn't understand the play. The charmingly lovesick stage manager happens to be his ex. And the backstage technician appears to be high – oh it's just another day in the glamorous life of being the one who didn't quite make the cut! Will they ever pull it together before showtime?

"A razor-sharp black comedy!" - Entertainment Weekly

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Clinton Brandhagen* Danny Gavigan*  Beth Hylton*

Theresa Rebeck, Playwright
Joseph W. Ritsch, Director
Daniel Ettinger*, Scenic Design
Jay Herzog*, Lighting Design
Kathleen Geldard, Costume Design
Neil McFadden, Sound Design
Lewis Shaw*, Fight Chorepgrapher/Weapons Design
Jillian Matthews, Props Master
Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, Dramaturg 
Amanda M. Hall, Stage Manager

*Featured Resident Company Member 

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A Special Look Inside: "The Understudy"
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Daniel Ettinger, The Understudy's Scenic Designer and Everyman Theatre Resident Scenic Designer, gives an inside look at the inspiration behind his set design for the show. To learn more about The Understudy, click here More >

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Official Trailer: "The Understudy"
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Preview the story of The Understudy, running now through September 28th. To learn more about The Understudy, click here More >

Official photos from "The Understudy" are here!
Friday, August 29, 2014

The 2014/2015 season kicks off with the opening of the backstage comedy The Understudy. Photographer Stan Barouh took some fantastic shots of the show. When you click on an image, it will enlarge into a slideshow with captions. More >

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WTMD talks to director Joseph Ritsch
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
 Joseph W. Ritsch, director of The Understudy, recently sat down with WTMD's Sam Gallant to discuss the current production. The three person play delves into the backstage relationships and dynamics of an actor, a stage manager and the understudy. Take a listen to Joseph's insight into the show and how we approached his direction for it.   More >

"Opening backstage"
Friday, August 29, 2014
"If there's one thing theatergoers like more than a play, it's a play about theater," writes the Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith in August 29th's paper.   More >

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"A beautifully matched, finely tuned cast"
Thursday, September 04, 2014
 "Everyman Theatre opens season with crisp staging of The Understudy More >

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
"Written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, 'The Understudy' delves into relationships between people and people's relationship with their art. More >

"A chorus of satiric laughs"
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
"Theresa Rebeck's 'The Understudy' opened this week to a chorus of satiric laughs and biting, insightful one-liners...The production's pacing is spot-on, and the clarity of its tale sharp as a diamond. More >

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