Review Roundup: THE TRIBUTE ARTIST
Primary Stages, Daryl Roth, and Ted Snowdonin association with Jamie deRoy present The Tribute Artist, a new world premiere comedy written by and starring Tony-nominee Charles Busch (The Divine Sister, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Olive and the Bitter Herbs). Now playing through March 16 atPrimary Stages at 59E59 Theaters, the show opened last night, February 9.
Directed by Busch's long-time collaborator Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, The Third Story), the cast will also feature Mary Bacon (Harrison, TX...; Giant), Cynthia Harris (Lost in Yonkers, "Mad About You"), Julie Halston (Olive and the Bitter Herbs, Anything Goes) Keira Keeley (Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie), and Jonathan Walker (The Assembled Parties, The Divine Sister). For tickets, visit www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional information.
Let's see what the critics had to say...
Ben Brantley, New York Times: As playwright and star, Mr. Busch has been uncommonly generous in allowing all the characters scene-stealing monologues of outrage and revelation. As entertaining as these moments are, they also feed the play's subtle and subversive blurring of the boundaries between fact and fiction, male and female, past and present, friendship and rivalry and, most daringly, what we think of as moral and immoral behavior.
Marilyn Stasio, Variety: The swarms of fans who are drawn, moth-like, to the incandescent flame that is Charles Buschwill no doubt fly to "The Tribute Artist." This frantic farce unites the scribe/performer with his bff Julie Halston in a not-entirely-fanciful plot about the insane, illegal and frequently criminal measures that desperate people will stoop to, just to get their hands on a nice piece of Manhattan real estate. But unlike "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," a break-out mainstream hit for the scribe in 2000, this playful comedy is strictly for the in crowd.
Joe Dziemianowicz, NY Daily News: Charles Busch's kooky but convoluted new play "The Tribute Artist" is about desperation. Every character fears the other shoe is about to drop, especially Jimmy (Busch), a celebrity tribute artist (aka female impersonator, please not drag queen). He's up to his wig caps in trouble. Snooty recluse Adriana (Cynthia Harris), a sometime friend who owns the fab Village townhouse Jimmy crashes in, is letting the place go.