The Heights Players present Charles Busch’s The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife this month (January 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00 p.m) directed by its president Ed Healy. It marks the company’s first production of a Busch play.
Healy discusses directing the play and its infamous ménage à trois scene in an interview with Local Theatre NY (video above).
Heights Players: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife is a rare foray into the smart and sophisticated humor of Charles Busch, with a simple premise of keeping one’s family together. Marjorie Taub is saddled with an overzealous philanthropic husband, a self-loathing bowel-obsessed mother and a crumbling sense of intellectual stimulation. But then an exuberant woman appears at her door and plants a seed of self-discovery and Marjorie is pushed to the edge of reality. This hysterical, yet sophisticated, comedy is a vibrant tale of new beginnings and a rediscovery of oneself.
Featured in this Heights Players production are all veterans to our stage, although two of these veterans haven’t been on our stage in decades! The allergist’s wife, Marjorie, is being played by Susan Faye Groberg (last seen in Sunrise at Campobello). Her quirky family is rounded out with two returning Heights Players alumni: David Shmerler as her husband Ira; and B.D. Bass as her mother Frieda. Shaking up the foundation of the Taub family is Susan Ann Biderman, last seen in Gemini. The steady presence of the doorman, Mohammad, is deftly handled by Rod Singleton, last seen in Finian’s Rainbow.
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