Plays Directory : The Actor's Nightmare

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  • Author
    Christopher Durang
  • Written
    1981
  • Overview
    A accountant suddenly finds himself backstage at play and forced to go on when the lead actor, Eddie, breaks both his legs. The understudy is thrown into a tumultuous world where he is called multiple names (George, Stanley) and cannot remember ever attending any rehearsals or even being an actor at all. The play-within-the-play constantly changes from Coward to Beckett to Shakespeare with the accountant having to improvise the lines accordingly. At the end of the play, believing that the execution of his character will not come true and he will wake from this nightmare, that does not happen and he ends up at the curtain call apparently dead.

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