Jodie Comer leaves Broadway performance ‘Prima Facie’ after 10 minutes, says she ‘can’t breathe’ due to New York air crisis

Jodie Comer is receiving rave reviews for her performance in the one-man Broadway play “Prima Facie,” but her June 7 performance was cut short due to nearly unbreathable New York air.

Eyewitnesses say Comer told the audience she couldn’t breathe because of the air and a stage manager helped her off stage about 10 minutes into the matinee. The show resumed shortly after with Comer’s understudy taking over.

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“Today’s matinee of ‘Prima Facie’ was halted approximately 10 minutes into the performance after Jodie Comer had difficulty breathing due to poor air quality in New York due to smoke from wildfires in Canada,” a spokesperson for the play said in a statement. . “The performance was to start from the top with understudy Dani Arlington for Ms. Comer as Tessa.”

New York City is on its second day of poor air quality due to smoke from Canadian wildfires blowing in its direction. The city is bathed in a yellow hue, the air is hard to breathe and smells like a burning campfire.

“Prima Facie” was nominated for four Tony Awards, including one for Comer’s performance as a lawyer. In Variety reviewer, Trish Deitch praised Comer, who “embodies every woman who has ever felt lonely in the world”.

“It’s moving when she sees her mother in the courtroom and suddenly feels supported by someone she once despised,” she wrote. “It’s moving when she thinks of her best friend, an actress who works on a cruise ship, and feels proud. It’s moving when she sees the only woman working in court that day – a female cop – putting his hand on his mother’s hand to comfort her It’s the only quiet moment in the whole production: when Comer utters a word – “Sister” – there isn’t a dry eye in the house.

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