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‘Prima Facie’ matinée halted due to NYC air crisis

Star Jodie Comer experienced trouble breathing, so understudy Dani Arlington went on.

Jodie Comer in "Prima Facie" (Credit: Helen Murray)

The June 7 matinée of “Prima Facie” was halted after star Jodie Comer struggled as a result of the poor air quality currently plaguing New York City.

“Today’s matinée of Prima Facie was halted approximately 10 minutes into the performance after Jodie Comer had difficulty breathing due to the poor air quality in New York City because of smoke from the Canadian wildfires,” a representative for the production told Broadway News. “The performance was set to start again from the top with understudy Dani Arlington going on for Ms. Comer in the role of Tessa.”

When asked if future performances were set to continue as planned, either with or without Comer, a representative from the production said, “We cannot comment on that yet.”

“Prima Facie” opened at the Golden Theatre on April 23. The new drama is written by Suzie Miller and directed by Justin Martin.

The solo show centers on Tessa, a successful defense attorney whose clients are often men accused of sexual assault. After she’s attacked, Tessa reevaluates the power of the law, its patriarchal lineage, the burden of proof and her own morality.

“Prima Facie” is currently nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for Comer.

The play is produced on Broadway by Empire Street Productions.