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Lady in Question, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Lady in Question, The

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Comedy

5m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573691669

"Bewitchingly entertaining. I couldn't have had a better time."- N.Y. Post

"Hilarious."- The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Parody / Spoof

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The Bavarian Alps, 1940

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Gun Shots, Strong Language, Smoking

TAGS

War

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A free wheeling satire of patriotic 1940’s thrillers such as Notorious and Escape, The Lady in Question tells the suspenseful tale of Gertrude Garnet, the most glamorous concert pianist on the international stage. On tour in 1940 Bavaria, her colossal self-absorption is challenged when a handsome American professor engages her aid in rescuing his mother from a Nazi prison.

REVEIWS

"Bewitchingly entertaining. I couldn't have had a better time.- New York Post

"The Lady in Question has every lovable old cliché from 1940’s movie history, sent up with the flamboyance of a Fourth of July rocket." - USA Today

"The Lady in Question is hilarious company." - The New York Times

"Busch keeps the multi-layered joke afloat with extensive good humor, skill and wicked comic daring." - The Village Voice


Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Artistic Director), New York City, 1988.The Lady in Question then opened Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City on July 25, 1989. It was directed by Kenneth Elliott.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Drag performance, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The roles of Gertrude Garnet and Lotte were originally played by men. However, this is not necessary. The roles of Lotte and Hugo were played by one actor. The Doctor and Professor were also played by one actor. Raina and the Baroness were played by one actress.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

VOICE OF THE ANNOUNCER
PROFESSOR MITTELHOFFER
KAREL FREISER
PROFESSOR ERIK MAXWELL
HUGO HOFFMAN
BARON WILHELMVON ELSNER
GERTRUDE GARNET
KITTY, THE COUNTESS DE BORGIA
AUGUSTA VON ELSNER
DR. MAXIMILIAN
LOTTE VON ELSNER
RAINA ALDRIC
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Author
Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony ... view full profile

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