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The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

by Charles Busch

May 13-22, 2005

Marjorie Taub, the wife of a philanthropic allergist, is engulfed in a life crisis of Medea-like proportions.  Her children are grown, her beloved therapist died recently, and her bowel-obsessed mother incessantly needles her.  She tries to lose herself in a world of art galleries, foreign films, and avant-garde theatre, but finds she is barely able to rouse herself from her sofa.  Her spirits suddenly soar when a fascinating and incredibly worldly friend from her childhood appears on her doorstep.  Lee the savior that infuses Marjorie with life becomes Lee the unwelcome and sinister guest in short order.  Winner of the Outer Critics' Circle John Gassner Award and nominated for a Tony award for Best Play.