The Lady in Question

by  Charles Busch

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 4f

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

"Hilarious."- The New York Times

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The Lady in Question

by  Charles Busch

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

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

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Keywords

War

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Bavarian Alps, 1940
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

5m, 4f
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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Cast 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.

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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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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.

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