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Olive and the Bitter Herbs - Full Length Play, Comedy

Olive and the Bitter Herbs

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700071

"A colorful, sweet-and-sour Busch dish, laced with plenty of laughs." - The Associated Press
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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

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

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

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.

REVEIWS

"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. 

Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

OLIVE
WENDY
TREY
ROBERT
SYLVAN
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

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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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