The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
and other plays


   

Introduction 
by Charles Busch

I was never in a school play and for a good reason: I couldn’t remember a line of dialogue. I nearly hyperventilated the moment I hit the stage. It was because I loved it too much. To be “up there” was almost too magical to imagine.  Ever since the age of seven, when I was taken by my father to the old Metropolitan Opera House to see Joan Sutherland in La Sonnambula, I’ve been obsessed by the image of that magnificent......
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Published by Grove/Atlantic Press


Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920’s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas. 

Nothing escapes the demolition by laughter… The audience laughs at the first line and goes right on laughing at ever line to the end, and even at some of the silences. That’s no mean achievement. ”   Bruckner, New York Times

Published along with its companion piece “Sleeping Beauty or Coma”, the classic fairy tale retold in the sixties mod London fashion world. Stock and Amateur rights available through Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th St. NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, contact, Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, NY, NY 10036

Psycho Beach Party

 “Gidget”, Frankie and Annette beach party epics and Hitchcock psychological suspense thrillers such as “Spellbound” and “Marnie” are given a shotgun marriage. Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboy, desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in 1962. One thing getting in her way is her unfortunate tendency towards split personalities. Among them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind.   

Fiendishly funny! Zany!” Associated Press 
Gidget Goes Berserk!”  New York Times 
“Catch the wave of laughter. Gannett Westchester Newspapers   

Stock and amateur rights available through Samuel French, Inc.  45 West 25th  Street, New York, NY 10010. For all other inquiries contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, Suite 2401, New York, NY 10036

The Lady in Question 

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.

"The Lady in Question” is hilarious company." Frank Rich, New York Times
"Busch keeps the multi-layered joke afloat with extensive good humor, skill and wicked comic daring."
 
Feingold, The Village Voice
"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."  Stearns, USA Today

Stock and amateur rights available through Samuel  French, Inc.  45 West 25th Street, NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, please contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, New York, NY 10036.

Red Scare on Sunset

The time; the fifties; the place; Hollywood, where film star, Mary Dale, finds the Red Menace invading her own Beverly Hills backyard. When she discovers that her husband has been lured into the local Communist party by way of a method acting class and that there is a left wing plot afoot to abolish the star system, Mary wages a private war to save her husband, her country and billing over the title. The McCarthy era is turned on its head in this novel take on a serious subject.

“Mr. Busch is a first-class satirist and farceur and “Red Scare on Sunset” is definitely Busch at his best.”  
Mimi Kramer, The New Yorker

“You have to champion the ingenuity of Busch’s writing which twirls twist upon twist and spins into Comedy heaven.”
 

Stock and amateur rights available through Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th Street, NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, please contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, NY, NY 10036.

The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

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.

“Uproarious, “The Allergist’s Wife” earns its wall-to-wall laughs.”
“Mr. Busch has swum straight into the mainstream and stays comfortably afloat there.”  
Ben Brantley, New York Times

“An intelligently funny and satirically relevant uptown comedy.”
John Simon, New York Magazine
“Charles Busch comes of age as a comic playwright of the first rank.”
New York Daily News

Stock and amateur rights are not available at the moment but will be through Samuel  French, Inc. 45 West 25th Street, NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, please contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, NY, NY 10036