Eileen T'Kaye Rachid Sabitri Geoffrey Wade
October 1 -17, 2010
An award-winning hit at the Manhattan Theatre Club and on Broadway, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife is a must-see comedy! Caroline Aaron stars as Marjorie Taub, the wife of a philanthropic allergist, who is engulfed in a life crisis of Medea like proportions. Her children are grown, her beloved therapist died recently and her mother grates on her nerves. She tries to lose herself in a world of art-galleries, foreign films and avant-garde theatre, but finds she is barely able to rouse herself from her sofa. Marjorie's spirits suddenly soar when Lee Green (Marilu Henner recreating her Broadway role) appears on her doorstep and turns her world upside down.
This comedy contains adult language and situations.
*Marilu Henner's role will be played by Jana Robbins on October 9, 2010.
About the Cast and Creative Team
MARILU HENNER is an actress, author, health guru, talk show host, producer, entrepreneur, director, dancer, singer, comedienne, model, and, most important, wife and mom! A five-time Golden Globe nominee, Marilu has starred in over thirty films and television movies and a total of nine seasons on two highly successful Emmy award-winning classic TV sitcoms Taxi and Evening Shade. Marilu has also starred in six hit Broadway Shows (including Grease, Chicago, and Tale of the Allergist’s Wife) and has made over 2000 talk show appearances. It’s no surprise that she won the “Talk Show Guest of the Year” award several years in a row. A multiple New York Times Best Selling Author, Marilu has changed millions of lives from the eight books she has written on health, fitness, and lifestyle, beginning with Marilu Henner’s Total Health Makeover; followed by The 30-Day Total Health Makeover; I Refuse to Raise a Brat; Healthy Life Kitchen; Healthy Kids; Healthy Holidays; Party Hearty; and most recently Wear Your Life Well. Marilu also wrote an autobiography By All Means Keep On Moving.
CAROLINE AARON is an accomplished actor who’s compiled a long list of film, television and theatre credits. She’s worked with such top directors as Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, Nora Ephron, Tim Burton and Paul Mazursky among others. Caroline made her feature film debut in John Sayles critically acclaimed feature The Brother From Another Planet and worked with Mr. Sayles again in Baby It’s You. Film audiences, perhaps, best know her as Woody Allen’s sister in Crimes and Misdemeanors. She re-teamed with Allen in Deconstructing Harry, Alice, Bullets Over Broadway and Husbands and Wives. She’s also enjoyed a long association with Nora Ephron appearing in Sleepless in Seattle, This is My Life, and Lucky Numbers. Other highlights include Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Paul Mazursky’s The Pickle and Stanley Tucci’s Big Night.
CHARLES BUSCH (Playwright) is the author and star of such plays as The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright. Mr. Busch made his directorial debut with the film A Very Serious Person, which premiered at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won an honorable mention. He is also the subject of the documentary film The Lady in Question is Charles Busch. His latest play The Third Story was produced in 2009 by MCC at the Lortel Theatre.
JEFF MAYNARD (Director) is pleased to be back at La Mirada, having directed last season’s LA Times Critic’s Choice – The25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Also at La Mirada Theatre, the Pulitzer Prize winning Lost In Yonkers. Other recent directorial credits include collaborating with Jason Robert Brown on a new, revised version of the recent Broadway musical 13, the world premiere of Mad City by Meredith Stiehm and a workshop of Dave Rossmer & Dan Lipton’s new musical Shoot! Cut! Print! Kill! Die! Jeff is proud to be a founding member of Buffalo Nights Theatre Company, having directed, acted or produced over 15 productions including: The Final Judgment, Modigliani, Meat, Anatol, Salome, Sophistry and The Madman & The Nun. He won a Drama-Logue Award for Max Frisch’s The Firebugs, a Backstage West award for The Apollo of Bellac and LA Weekly’s Revival Production of the Year award for Modigliani. Also in Los Angeles, he has directed the West Coast Premiere of the Ovation award nominated Tales of Tinseltown by Michael Colby and Paul Katz – at the Actor’s Co-op. In upstate NY, Jeff’s recent directorial work includes Nine, Seussical, Doubt, and The Laramie Project.
As an actor Jeff appeared in the first national tour/Los Angeles Premiere of Lost In Yonkers, Biloxi Blues at the Court/Hudson Theatres, Enter Laughing & Taking Stock at the A.J.U.’s– “Let There Be Laughter” series, and TV appearances on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Diagnosis Murder and the upcoming feature film The Illusion. Jeff currently runs the theatre program at The Mirman School, teaches private acting classes throughout Los Angeles and is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television.
Set Design by Bruce Goodrich Lighting Design byCraig Pierce Sound Design byJosh Bessom Costume Design byJulie Keen
Property Design byTerry Hanrahan
Production Stage Manager Lisa Palmire
On the first Friday of October, the annual celebration of California Arts Day will take place in cities and towns across the state. This year that's October 1.
Through California Arts Day, the California Arts Council hopes to demonstrate the value, strength, and beauty of the arts and generate media coverage on the role the arts play in California.