The Tale of the Allergist's Wife: Midlife Meltdown Makes Sharp Comedy
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The last date listed for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife was Saturday July 27, 2013 / 2:00pm.
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This play got bad reviews in both the Bay Weekly and the Bowie Blade, apparently written by the same person. I don't agree with the reviews -- my husband and I enjoyed it, and so did the people sitting near us. (A local couple and a man on a business trip from San Diego were our seat mates.)
Marjorie, the "allergist's wife," is an attractive middle-aged woman who still retains the intellectual pretentions that I remember with embarrassment from my own youth. Her husband has retired from a successful practice and is still quite active providing free medical care to the poor and mentoring medical students. Other characters are Marjorie's "Golden Girl" mother, Frieda, whose hobbies are complaining about her lack of regularity and criticizing her daughter; Mohammed, the good-looking and intelligent young doorman whose family was wealthy in their native Iraq; and "Lee" a "frenemy" who has changed her name and her back-story since the days when she and Marjorie grew up together in the Bronx.
We thought all the actors did a good job -- as Marjorie's mother, Frieda, Hilary Mazur was very funny, reminding me of Estelle Getty. Christine Conroy Smith, as Marjorie, started off uncertain but really hit her stride in the second act when she realizes that the name-dropping Lee is a fraud who poses a threat to her marriage. Lee may be just the "kick in the pants" Marjorie needs to start appreciating what she has. In short, we enjoyed the play and the two-plus hours went fast.
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Very enjoyable play which provided ongoing laughter. The adult script was clever and brought back memories of Manhattan life. Well cast and superbly acted not only in speak but also facial expression. At first I was turned off by the set but...continued