Past Production
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. by Charles Busch. Director Lewis Hauser. Producer Susan Goldman Weisbarth. September 11 – October 17, 2009
This play explores the Upper West Side milieu of aspiring intellectual and middle-aged upper class matron Marjorie Taub, who lives comfortably with her doctor husband Ira in an expensively furnished apartment near Zabar’s. Marjorie spends her mornings at the Whitney, afternoons at MOMA and evenings at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Marjorie’s ongoing effort to improve her mind and soul has brought her to the conclusion she never will be more than mediocre. To make matters worse, her therapist has just died and coupled with her dissatisfaction with her life, her elderly mother’s constant complaints and her husband’s altruistic dedication to the homeless, she has an emotional outburst in a Disney Store resulting in considerable breakage.

Plunged into a mid-life crisis of Medea-like proportions, Marjorie is shaken out of her lethargy by the reappearance of Lee, a fascinating and somewhat mysterious childhood friend. Unexpectedly Lee becomes entrenched in the Taub household as a seemingly permanent guest, and what happens next surprises all of them.
Character

CAST

Played by
Marjorie ············ Joanna Churgin
Ira ············ Alan Levine
Frieda ············ Gail Bernardi
Lee ············ Cynthia Rothschild
Mohammed ············ Jonathan Ahmadi

CAST PICTURES

The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife features Joanna Churgin, Alan Levine, Cynthia Rothschild, Jonathan Ahmadi and Gail Bernardi.
Lee’s arrival helps Marjorie out of her bleak mood after her breakdown at a Disney Store. (Joanna Churgin, Cynthia Rothschild)
Marjorie’s new enlightenment confuses her mother, leading to more complaints! (Joanna Churgin, Gail Bernardi)
After another of her mother’s constant complaints, Marjorie tells Ira she is going to call Dr. Kevorkian to put her out of her misery! (Joanna Churgin, Alan Levine)
Lee’s intentions take an interesting turn for Marjorie and Ira. (Joanna Churgin, Cynthia Rothschild, Alan Levine)

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