Busch’s ‘Wife’ dragged to B’Way

Lavin starrer leaving Manhattan Theater, impersonator will still act

NEW YORK — Charles Busch’s comedy “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” starring Linda Lavin, will move to Broadway this fall from the Manhattan Theater Club, which is producing the transfer with Carole Shorenstein Hayes, Daryl Roth, Stuart Thompson and Douglas S. Cramer.

Individually, these producers have brought such award-winning works to the stage as “Wit,” “Night About Nightingales,” “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and several David Mamet plays.

Busch is the female impersonator-playwright of such Off Broadway classics as “Red Scare on Sunset” and “The Lady in Question.” Those who worry that this august collection of producers may lead him to abandon his drag roots need no longer fear: On May 6, Busch will perform stage readings — in full costume — of “Hedda Gabler” and “A Doll’s House” at the Theater for the New City.

“Each play has been cut down to a half hour,” Busch said. “Therefore, I can play both Hedda and Nora in one brief afternoon.”

Not so ridiculous

Everett Quinton, another performer who has spent much of his professional life in a dress, is making something of a career switch. A pillar of the Ridiculous Theatrical Co., Quinton directs the C.S. Lewis fairy tale “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” in an adaptation by Don Quinn that opens May 5 at the Omaha Theater Co. for Young People.

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