Tickets are going fast for Otterbein Universityâ€™s production ofÂ The Understudy, a comedy about ambition and absurdity.
A smash hit off-Broadway in 2009,Â The UnderstudyÂ is about two rival actors who compete for a coveted role in a newly discovered Kafka play. Written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, the play weaves together themes of high angst and high humor, says director Christina Kirk. Kirk is also a professor of theatre at Otterbein University.
WOSUâ€™s theater critic Joy Reilly talks with director Christina Kirk.
â€œItâ€™s just perfect summer fare,â€ says Kirk. Â â€Audiences laugh out loud.â€
â€œYou take this existential angst-ridden theme,â€ says Kirk, referring to the work of Franz Kafka, best known for his writing about the grotesque alienation of man in an unintelligible or indifferent world, â€œand you put it in the hands of three crazy people.â€
Kirk says that Otterbeinâ€™s summer season (which includes Nunsense in July), is not to be missed because of the quality of the cast and crew. Â â€œI donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m working with students in this cast,â€ she says, â€œI could put this on Broadway and feel very proud of it.â€
June 23 â€“ July 2
Campus Center Theatre
100 W. Home St. Westerville, Ohio (map)
More information atÂ http://www.otterbein.edu/theatreÂ or by calling 614.823.1109.