Jodie Comer is nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress at the Tonys this weekend for her play ‘Prima Facie’ currently on Broadway, but the actress had to walk out of a June 7 matinee performance due to worsening conditions in the New York City air.
Eyewitnesses noted on Twitter that 10 minutes into the show at the Golden Theater on Broadway, Comer said she could not breathe and was helped offstage by a stage manager. The show eventually resumed with replacement Dani Arlington taking over for Comer.
Representatives for the show shared the following statement with IndieWire: “Today’s matinee of ‘Prima Facie’ was cut short approximately 10 minutes into the show after Jodie Comer experienced difficulty breathing due to poor quality broadcast.” air in New York City due to smoke from the Canadian wildfires.The performance was to start over with understudy Dani Arlington in place of Ms. Comer as Tessa.
The show, about a criminal defense attorney whose views on the legal system are challenged when she is sexually assaulted by a colleague, is in its last 25 days of shows. Representatives for the “Killing Eve” and “The Last Duel” actress could not be reached immediately for comment.
Comer dominates the stage in a one-man performance that drove the actress crazy. Written by Suzie Miller and directed by Justin Martin, the one-act played in the West End with Comer in the lead in 2022 before hitting Broadway. “Prima Facie” ends on July 2nd.
All five boroughs of New York City remain on red alert amid Canadian wildfires blowing smoke across the Northeast. Many residents are staying home as the air worsens. WGA East has canceled its planned picketing during the ongoing strike today as the 400 or so fires leave the city skyline hazy and yellow, the air smelling of burning smoke.
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