Audiences who attended Sunday's performance of "Tribes," Nina Raine's play currently running at the Mark Taper Forum, were able to witness a rare bit of understudy musical chairs.
Center Theatre Group said actress Gayle Rankin, who played the the role of Ruth, had to leave the production for a different project. As a result, Meghan Mae O’Neill, the original understudy for the roles of Ruth and Sylvia, took over the part of Ruth.
To fill the role of understudy for Ruth, CTG said it brought in another actress, Sherill Turner.
The company said that on Sunday, there were signs and slips in the programs notifying audiences that O'Neill would be playing the role of Ruth.
By intermission, the actress who plays Sylvia (Susan Pourfar) was not feeling well and the decision was made that she couldn't go on for the second act, according to the company.