Hannah Gadsby Sets Summer New York Run for 'Douglas'

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Hannah Gadsby

The writer-performer, whose Netflix special 'Nanette' struck powerful chords in the cultural conversation, will play the Daryl Roth Theater for a month beginning July 23.

Hannah Gadsby, who rewrote the rules for what stand-up comedy can do with her massively impactful 2018 Netflix special Nanette, will bring her new show Douglas to New York this summer for a four-week engagement. 

Presented by WestBeth Entertainment, Douglas takes its name from the Australian comedian's beloved dog, but uses that subject as a jumping-off point to muse on everything from her autism through the life-changing jolt of her post-Nanette fame to the social-media attacks from men who declared that the show that sparked a thousand think pieces was in fact not comedy but a lecture.

"After the heartbreak humor of Nanette and its beat-perfect delivery, Douglas feels like one of Hannah Gadsby's trademark "thought orgies," vaulting precariously from thought to thought, from one needling idea to another, from wordplay to droll wordplay," said a review in The Australian of the show's March 27 world premiere in Melbourne. "The uproariously funny Douglas is part lecture, part standup and part tongue-in-cheek tirade. And it's all heart."

The New York engagement is set to run July 23-Aug. 24 at the Daryl Roth Theater; tickets will go on sale Sunday through Ticketmaster. It wraps up a U.S. tour that kicks off April 29 in San Francisco, as previously announced in The Hollywood Reporter.

Douglas looks certain to mirror the high ticket demand of another one-woman show, Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag, currently running off-Broadway at SoHo Playhouse. That six-week limited engagement opened to rave reviews and sold out immediately, recouping its $400,000 investment just three weeks into its run, which wraps Sunday.