Curtain Call Theatre’s first production in more than 14 months got off to an unfortunate start on Friday when, 10 minutes into the opening-night performance of “At Wit’s End,” actress Terri Storti tripped and fell onstage, hitting her head.
Her injuries were severe enough to cancel the performance and those for the remainder of last weekend at the Latham theater.
Storti, however, appears to be rebounding from her fall and the show goes on, theater owner and producing artistic director Carol Max said this week.
“She’s a trouper,” said Max. “She got an OK from the doctor, and she wants to go on.”
In the show, Storti portrays the late American humorist Erma Bombeck.
Daily Gazette theater critic Paul Lamar was at Friday’s show, and at first, he said, some in the audience thought Storti’s fall may have been part of the script. But it quickly became apparent that it was not.
The stage manager rushed out, saying, “Audience, please hold,” as Storti was attended to. She was brought to St. Peter’s Hospital. Tests/scans were normal and there were no signs of concussion, said Max.
Lamar said that when Max began to address the audience about the status of their tickets, people were instead focused on Storti. “The audience was amazing,” he said. “They were so understanding. Everyone was so concerned about [Storti],” he said.
“At Wit’s End” performances are at 7:30 today, 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday (May 29) and 3 p.m. Sunday. The show continues through June 13, but with no Saturday matinee. The comedy “An Act of God” opens July 22. For more, visit curtaincalltheatre.com.
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