Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - Present Day
Settings Of Play - Olive’s apartment living room in the East Thirties in Manhattan.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Olive Fisher is an elderly character actress whose claim to fame were the iconic "Gimme the Sausage" commercials of the 1980s. She is a classic New York curmudgeon, at war with the world and in particular her next door neighbors. Her closed-off life is shaken by the appearance of a spectral male figure viewed through her living room mirror. A series of strange and outrageous coincidences reveals that the man in the mirror has intimate links to everyone in Olive's world and most revealingly to Olive, encouraging her that it's never too late to change one's life.
"Mr. Busch is perhaps equaled only by Paul Rudnick in his ability to churn out well-turned, archly funny zingers..." - The New York Times
"A group of New Yorkers seemingly brought together by chance find that their ties run deeper than they could imagine in Charles Busch's fantastical new comedy Olive and the Bitter Herbs..." - TheatreMania
Olive and the Bitter Herbs was commissioned by Primary Stages and premiered at 59E59 Street Theatre in New York City in 2011, under the direction of Mark Brokaw.