The Understudy

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Rob Roznowski
May 17 – June 17, 2012 

Jake is a mid-level action film star seeking legitimacy by acting in a Broadway play. Harry is a middle-aged journeyman actor who may or may not be just a little bitter about understudying a mid-level action film star in a Broadway play. Roxanne just wants to run the rehearsal without anyone killing anyone else. Take a trip behind the scenes as a trio of theatre professionals struggle to balance ego, art and commerce in this biting, thoughtful comedy that highlights the ridiculous and fleeting nature of fame.

*Contains Mature Language


Tony Caselli, Michelle Held and Drew Parker

 Performance Schedule

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Saturdays at 3PM (starting the 2nd week of the run)
Sundays at 2PM

Ticket Prices

Pay-What-You-Can ~ Thursday, May 17 at 8pm
Preview performances May 18, 19, 20 and 24 ~ $15
Beginning May 25:
Thursday evenings ~ $20
Friday and Saturday evenings ~ $25
Saturday and Sunday matinees ~ $22
Student tickets (with valid ID) ~ $10
Senior discount (65 and older) ~ $2 off regular ticket price

In The Press

PREVIEW: “Smash writer’s play on stage”
Kate O’Neill, Lansing State Journal

PREVIEW: “The Drama Behind the Drama”
James Sanford, Lansing City Pulse

REVIEW: “The Understudy Takes Viewers Behind the Scenes”
Dana Casadei, Lansing Online

REVIEW: “Backstage Outrage”
Paul Wozniak, Lansing City Pulse

REVIEW: “A Love Letter and A Workplace Comedy”
Martin F. Kohn,

REVIEW: “Williamston Theatre’s Understudy Makes You Ask Why”
Bridgette Redman, Lansing State Journal

REVIEW: “A Look at the Backside of Theatre”
Daniel Skora, New Monitor

REVIEW from The Rogue Critic
Carolyn Hayes