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For the World Traveler

Prima Facie

Jodie Comer in Prima Facie.

June 1 – July 2, 2023
252 W 45th St., New York, NY 10036, United States

In the one-woman show Prima Facie, Jodie Comer plays Tessa, a young British barrister who has carved out a successful practice defending men from sexual-assault charges. Then her life is upended when a colleague assaults her one night. Over the span of 100 breathtaking minutes, Comer commands the stage and delivers a locomotive of a performance packed with emotional highs and soul-crushing lows in which she recounts Tessa’s up-from-the-bootstraps life and the moments that led to that fateful night. From the opening scene, it is impossible not to be mesmerized by Comer’s stamina as a performer. In Killing Eve, the series where she played the assassin Villanelle, Comer showed she knew how to hide from an audience. Here, she’s beyond vulnerable, stripping away every last piece of armor to deliver an unforgettable performance that pulls the audience in and keeps them talking long after they’ve left the theater. —Michael Hainey

Photo courtesy of Prime Facie

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