Sorry, theater fans. Actress, Melissa Gilbert just announced her play, When Harry Met Rehab is canceled until further notice.
Today, the actress announced the play’s calculation via her Instagram. Her post read:
“Hello everyone. As the omicron variant has spread across the country it is wreaking havoc everywhere. It has really affected theaters all over the country. We canceled several shows over the holidays due to breakthrough cases in our company and our desire to keep you and us safe. We are through that storm but it is simply not enough make it feasible to keep our wonderful, beautifully-reviewed play running.
So we are closing after this Sunday’s matinee. If you’d like to see @whenharrymetrehab you have four more chances. Friday at 8:00 pm. Saturday at 3:00 and 8:00 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm. It has been a joy to be a part of this amazing cast and to be able to share this wickedly funny, important, and moving story. You can buy tickets at the link in the bio of @greenhouse2257 or @whenharrymetrehab.
Sending you all love and wishes that you stay safe during this unprecedented time.”
Fans of Melissa Gilbert replied to her post by expressing condolences for the cancelation. One fan wrote: “What a shame, sorry about the closing. We’re living in a new world and trying to figure out how to navigate in it. Reality is to keep everyone safe. Too bad you couldn’t record it and make it available to stream…”
More on Melissa Gilbert’s Recently Canceled Play
Before the decision to cancel the play, the plan was for Melissa Gilbert to join Dan Butler in the performance. The play is based on the real-life experiences of Harry Teinowtiz as a sports radio personality. He is known for playing Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe in the sitcom CBS Frasier. The plan was for Gilbert to play the role of Barb the therapist. The website for the play described the play as ” a comedy that takes sobriety seriously.” It’s a “story of redemption, perseverance, and hope.”
It tells the story of how Teinowtiz ended up in the hands of four imperfect strangers. Those strangers caught him every time he fell and stopped his excuses and denial about his issues.
Before the cancelation, critics praised the performance. Colin Douglas from The Chicago Theater Review called the play is highly recommended. “It’s one production that audiences won’t soon forget.” Alan Bresloff from AroundTheTownChicago.com said the play is “90 minutes of sheer artistry in storytelling.”
Although many are disappointed, we only hope the play will resume once the pandemic is more under control and everyone’s safety guaranteed. Although the world might not be functioning how we’d like, what we have to remember are the steps needed to take to better things for everyone.