1 June 2014

Coming up at HLT in August is the New Zealand premiere of THE UNDERSTUDY, written by Theresa Rebeck and directed by Amie Bentall (Season: August 6-9). This play, which just goes to show that second best can be a bitch, is a dazzling and humanistic look at people trying to do what they love in the face of obstacles that mount until all anyone can do is dance. Charged with running the understudy rehearsal for the Broadway premiere of a previously undiscovered Kafka masterpiece, Roxanne has one afternoon to get it right. There’s just one problem –- nothing goes right. Roxanne finds her professional and personal life colliding when Harry, a journeyman actor and also her ex-fiancé, is cast as the understudy to Jake, a mid-tier action star yearning for legitimacy. As Harry and Jake find their common ground, Roxanne tries to navigate the rehearsal with a stoned lighting operator, an omnipresent intercom system, the producers threatening to shutter the show and her own careening feelings about both actors and her past. "Bountiful laughs from a sumptuous display of strained nerves [The Understudy is] a scattershot backstage comedy by Theresa Rebeck"  – The New York Times

 Season: August 6 to August 9, 8pm; Matinee: August 9, 2pm. Bookings: http://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2014/aug/the-understudy.


Tickets: $18 (adults), $15 (concession) and $15 (for groups of 6+). General admission with no allocated seating. Door sales will be available on the night. Running Time: 90 minutes (no interval)

The Understudy is produced by The Studio at HLT - facebook.com/thestudiohlt

Running Time:  90 minutes (no interval)

This second production from the new HLT Studio gives Auckland theatregoers the rare chance to experience a work by one of America’s leading contemporary playwrights. Launched as the centrepiece of Howick Little Theatre’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the HLT Studio is a smaller theatre experience where experimental and innovative productions can be staged. The HLT Studio aims to encourage new and returning actors, new directors, new writers and new designers to experience community theatre in an environment tailored to nurture emerging talent.



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