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When ‘The Show Must Go On’

Comedy goes behind curtain of theater business

9/1/2015, 4:10 p.m.
Portland’s Artist Repertory Theatre debuts a new season with The Understudy, a witty look behind the curtain of the theater ...
Portland’s Artist Repertory Theater presents ‘The Understudy,’ a comedy that goes backstage to show what it takes when ‘The show must go on.’

Portland’s Artist Repertory Theatre debuts a new season with The Understudy, a witty look behind the curtain of the theater business.

From prominent American playwright Theresa Rebeck, the off-Broadway and regional theatre hit takes a comedic and existential look backstage at what it takes when “the show must go on.”

The story follows an ill-fated and exasperated stage manager whose life he ruined long ago. It’s a funny existential exposé on human motivation that examines the underbelly of the theatre business and the personal drama behind the curtain.

The Understudy runs through Sunday, Oct. 4 at the Alder Street Stage of the Artist Repertory Theatre, downtown. A pay-what-you-can first preview performance takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Opening night is Saturday, Sept. 12. Tickets can be purchased by calling 503-241-1278 or visiting artistrep.org.