It is the fall of 2020, and the American National Theater is desperate to survive the pandemic.
In Torrey Townsend’s blistering and hilarious satire “Off Broadway,” presented by Jeremy O. Harris and streaming free on Broadstream, this tenaciously middling nonprofit is millions of dollars in the red, and operating with only a skeleton crew.
When it finally reopens, it will do so with a surefire smash: Al Pacino in “Othello,” playing the title role.
Andy, the company’s staggeringly underqualified artistic director, doesn’t recognize this as regressing to a shameful and banished tradition.
“Y’all are gonna get eaten alive,” Marla, his horrified associate producer, warns during a Zoom meeting, but no one pays the slightest heed.
Torrey, ”, Jeremy O, Harris, Al Pacino, Andy, doesn’t, “, ” Marla