“Bountiful laughs from a sumptuous display of strained nerves [The Understudy is] a scattershot backstage comedy by Theresa Rebeck”  - The New York Times

The Understudy

By Theresa Rebeck

January 17-February 9, 2014

Directed by Mallory Metoxen

Featuring Cassandra Bissell, Philip Sletteland and Ken T. Williams

There is an infinite amount of hope in the universe ... but not for us.

- Franz Kafka

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 a bunch of producers threatening to close down the show and you have one very funny comedy.


Gun going off, Mature subject matter and language

Run Time: 90 minutes, no intermission

WGIRLS Milwaukee and RTW are teaming up during the run of THE UNDERSTUDY to collect donations for Wheaton Franciscan Women's Outpatient Center (WOC).  Please consider bringing a donation when you come see the show.  We have a donation box in our lobby through Feb. 8th. 

WOC is an innovative clinic dedicated to providing exceptional care to improve the health and well being of impoverished women and infants in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee. The WOC is in need of the following items, all donated items must be new, due to liability purposes. 

-Infant clothes (up to 3 months)

-Infant toiletries (bath wash, lotion, shampoo)

-Diapers, wipes

-Activity mats

-Receiving blankets

-Infant car seat covers

-Children's books


-Car Seats

Cardinal Stritch University Night: Sat. Jan. 18th, 8 pm show 

Colectivo Night: Fri. Jan. 24th, 8 pm show

Newaukee Night: Sat. Feb. 1st, 8 pm show

Opera On Tap: Fri. Feb. 7, 8 pm show

WGIRLS Night: Sat. Feb. 8th, 8 pm show