This is friends-of-Alumnae news! Victoria Shepherd, who has directed Summer and Smoke at Alumnae, helms the latest from Amicus Productions, opening tomorrow (Feb 2) at Fairview Library Theatre. Real easy to get to: it’s at Don Mills & Sheppard, beside the Fairview Mall, in north Toronto! Allergists Wife postcard
Included in the cast are Maureen Lukie (Daughter of the House, Pride & Prejudice) in the title role, Carol McLennan (A Delicate Balance) as the visiting friend, and Lionel Boodlal (who appeared last season at Alumnae in the world premiere of GuineaPigging) as the Taubs’ doorman.
Tickets are $20 regular, $18 for students & seniors. For tickets or information, call 416-860-6176.
The play is a sophisticated comedy by New York-based Charles Busch, author of The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran for five years and is among the longest-running plays in Off-Broadway history. The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (described in Amicus’ press release as a “savvy and hilarious script about a woman struggling to find her present self, which she can only do by meeting her past”) ran for 777 performances on Broadway, winning the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and earning a Tony nomination for Best Play.
Marjorie , the wife of philanthropic allergist, Dr. V. Ira Taub (Clive Lacey), is engulfed in a life crisis of Medea-like proportions: her children are grown, her beloved therapist died recently and her mother (Paulette St-Amour), obsessed with bowel movements, grates on her nerves. Her spirits suddenly soar when a fascinating and worldly friend from her childhood appears on her doorstep. Unfortunately the friend becomes an unwelcome and sinister guest in short order.