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The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.

* Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City (through April 16) * Written by Charles Busch * Directed by Lynne Meadow * Starring Linda Lavin, Michele Lee, and Tony Roberts

Speaking of memorably over-the-top performances in plays that satirize Manhattan liberals, Linda Lavin is currently bringing down the house in Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, which has been extended at Manhattan Theatre Club. An ambitious breakthrough for Busch as a playwright, Allergist's Wife is much more nuanced than The Altruists yet shares with Silver's play a crucial moment of homosexual panic on the part of its leading lady. But nothing tops the ferociously hilarious scene in which Lavin's depressed intellectual installs herself at her husband's laptop and declares, "I'm going to go on the World Wide Web and find someone in cyberspace to kill my mother!"
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Title Annotation:Review; Manhattan Theatre Club, New York, New York
Author:D.S.
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Theater Review
Date:Apr 25, 2000
Words:134
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