“The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” continues through Sunday in the Lancaster Opera House. Here are a few extra notes about the production; read the full Gusto review here.
Satirist and farceur Charles Busch also has written “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” “Theodora, She-Bitch of Byzantium,” “Psycho Beach Party,” “Times Square Angel” and many others, plays that have been huge successes with the LGBT community and many of them have been produced at Buffalo United Artists to standing-room-only audiences. Busch has starred in many of his own works nationally, often as a femme fatale, and has most certainly inspired, to some degree, Buffalo’s premier drag performer Jimmy Janowski in his roles as the harried mother in “The Bad Seed,” the noble heroine in “Rebecca,” Dominique, in “The Singing Nun,” and most recently, the tortured Blanche DuBois, still seeking the kindness of strangers and in survival mode after Hurricane Katrina. “The Allergist’s Wife” was the first mainstream America Broadway hit for Busch.
Actors Susan Toomey, Dolores Mendolia and Peter Palmisano have performed together for decades; the fourth founding member of RSDP, Ron Swick, has been a regular at O’Connell & Co. Credits/awards for the group are plentiful and fill several pages in the “Allergist” notes.
Since 1981, the stately, beautifully restored Lancaster Opera House has presented more than 1,000 theatrical productions for audiences estimated at 750,000 people.
– Ted Hadley