KC Rep cancels performances of hit show “INDECENT”

In an unprecedented first, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre canceled five performances of Paula Vogel’s play “INDECENT” due to a “series of unforeseen and unavoidable medical emergencies,” according to the Rep’s website.

The play was set to open with previews on Jan. 18, but got off to a rocky start when an actor came down with a high fever and swollen vocal cords, leading the Rep to call that first performance off..

Check out our review of “INDECENT”

Just a few days later a second actor, Ethan Watermeier, fell ill with “ongoing dizziness and lightheadedness,” according to Director of Marketing and Communications Amy Lebo, leading to more cancellations.

Despite these events, the Rep has adopted a “the show must go on” attitude, hiring an understudy to go on stage, script-in-hand, in place of Watermeier.

Lebo says that under such unavoidable circumstances, putting an actor onstage with a script is not uncommon.

“The understudy’s name is Jake Walker and he’s a talented local actor to whom we are very grateful,” Lebo stated. “He will continue to go on until the second actor [Watermeier] has recovered.”

“INDECENT” has been popular among critics and audiences alike.

Those affected by the cancellations are encouraged to contact the KC Rep box office for a refund or exchange of tickets.

“INDECENT” is showing at the Rep through Feb. 10.


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