The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

by  Charles Busch

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

Winner! Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award

"A window rattling comedy of mid life malaise...Mr. Busch has swum straight into the mainstream...The Allergist's Wife earns its wall to wall laughs." - The New York Times

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The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

by  Charles Busch

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Marjorie Taub, a middle-aged Upper West Side Doctor’s wife, is devoted to mornings at the Whitney, afternoons at MOMA and evenings at BAM. Plunged into a mid-life crisis of Medea-like proportions, she’s shaken out of her lethargy by the reappearance of a fascinating and somewhat mysterious childhood friend.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award
    Tony Award Nominee - Best Play - 2001
    Drama Desk Award Nominee - Best Play - 2000

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Uproarious, a window rattling comedy of mid life malaise...Mr. Busch has swum straight into the mainstream... The Allergist's Wife earns its wall to wall laughs." - The New York Times

"Charles Busch comes of age as a comic playwright of the first rank." - The New York Daily News

"An intelligently funny and satirically relevant uptown comedy." - New York Magazine

“An intelligently funny and satirically relevant uptown comedy.” - New York Magazine

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Manhattan. The present.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f
MARJORIE
MOHAMMED
IRA
FREIDA
LEE
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

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 M ...

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The Tale of the Allergists Wife first opened at Manhattan Theatre Club on February 29, 2000. The production moved to Broadway, opening on November 2, 2000 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it ran for 777 performances. It was directed by Lynne Meadow.

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