New York smoke: Jodie Comer halts Broadway show due to breathing difficulties

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Jodie Comer was forced to halt a matinee performance during a Broadway show after experiencing breathing difficulties due to polluted air caused by wildfires in Canada.

The one-woman play Prima Facie was halted approximately 10 minutes in, after the 30-year-old actor from Liverpool began coughing and telling a stage manager she could not breathe.

It came as thick smoke poured into the US East Coast and Midwest from Canada, causing hazardous levels of pollution.

The Environment Protection Agency said on Wednesday that the air quality in the state was “unhealthy”, and citizens were warned to limit outdoor activity.

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US skies darkened by Canada wildfires

A spokesperson for the show said: “Today’s matinee of Prima Facie was halted approximately 10 minutes into the performance after Jodie Comer had difficulty breathing due to the poor air quality in New York City because of smoke from the Canadian wildfires.

“The performance was set to start again from the top with understudy Dani Arlington going on for Ms Comer in the role of Tessa.”

Comer, also known for her role in thriller series Killing Eve, stars as British defence lawyer Tessa, and was recently nominated for a Tony Award for what is her debut role on Broadway.

Jodie Comer
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The play has secured four Tony Award nominations at the 2023 ceremony after receiving critical acclaim on London’s West End, including Comer scooping the best actress award at the 2023 Olivier Awards.

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Canadian officials were left asking other countries for help to tackle more than 400 wildfires nationwide, in what it called the nation’s worst wildfire season ever.

Many Canadian citizens have been evacuated, including 7,500 in Chibougamau, the largest town in northern Quebec and roughly 4,000 residents of the Cree town, Mistissini.

Smoke travelling into the US had recently intensified, with around 100 fires in Quebec considered out of control.

The Statue of Liberty is covered in haze and smoke caused by wildfires in Canada, in New York, U.S., June 6, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Alfiky
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Unhealthy air extended as far as North Carolina and Indiana, affecting millions of people, many of who began wearing pandemic-era face masks.

The One World Trade Center tower in lower Manhattan is shrouded in haze and smoke which drifted south from wildfires in Canada, in New York City, New York, U.S., June 6, 2023. REUTERS/Mike Segar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Zach Taylor, a US National Weather Service meteorologist, said the weather pattern was essentially funnelling smoke into the US.

He said that rain should help clear the air in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic this weekend and into early next week, though more thorough relief will come from containing or extinguishing the fires.

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