The following is an excerpt from a theatre review, where Kafka previously was referred to as "The Prince of Darkness".
The play concerns the plight of the 'understudy', whose life is certainly difficult enough. The play-within-the-play for which the actors await their turns as 'understudy' is a fictional and newly discovered play by Kafka,
The Understudy by Theresa Rebeck
While Rebeck's plays are always brimming with sardonic humor, her recent works like "Mauritius" have wallowed in the darker aspects of humanity. For "The Understudy," she says she wanted to dip her toes into "a more buoyant and tender universe." So it's more than a little ironic that she turned to Kafka, who wrote nightmarish tales about the annihilation of the individual by an impersonal society.
In recent years, Rebeck, who holds two degrees from Brandeis University, found herself increasingly obsessed with Kafka. On vacation in Prague with her husband, she even went on a tour of Kafka landmarks. For this play, the bleak existentialist just seemed like a perfectly unexpected - and perfectly ridiculous - choice.
--- by Christopher Wallenberg in the Boston Globe
Kafka, the Prince of Darkness who never stops being dark. He might object.