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Friday, October 26, 2007


ModFab On...Die, Mommie, Die!

Where: New World Stages, NYC
Director: Carl Andress
Playwright: Charles Busch
Performers: Charles Busch, Bob Ari, Kristine Nielsen, Van Hansis, Chris Hoch, and Ashley Morris
Opens: Currently Playing
Visit: Official Site, Telecharge

Tagline: Suppositories are deadly...especially when you've got a vengeful wife.

Plot: The press notes call it "a comedy-thriller steeped in the glamour of 1960s Hollywood. Die Mommie Die! tells the story of Angela Arden's (Charles Busch) hateful marriage to film producer Sol Sussman (Bob Ari). Desperate to find happiness with her younger lover, an out-of-work TV actor named Tony Parker (Chris Hoch), Angela gruesomely murders her husband with the aid of a poisoned suppository. In a plot that reflects Greek tragedy as well as Hollywood kitsch, Angela's manipulative daughter, Edith (Ashley Morris), convinces her "emotionally disturbed" brother, Lance (Van Hansis), that together they must avenge their father's death—by killing their mother...."

Background: Busch is a legendary talent, with a career that spans three decades (his first turn in the heels was 1984's Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which became one of the longest-running plays in Off-Broadway history). His talent for recreating the acting styles of Hollywood's Golden Age actresses received national acclaim in the film version of DMD, which garnered him the a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. This is the first NYC production of the play; last season, Busch's Our Leading Lady premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club. (Busch was merely the playwright for that production, but the cast did include his Die Mommie Die co-star, Kristine Nielsen.)

Review: Even when the cinematic style occasionally eludes the grasp of director Carl Andress, he's got an unfailing ace in the hole: Busch, arguably one of the great stage comedians of the century, whose hold on the audience is impressive and grand. The homage to 1950's potboilers is suitable cheeky, but Busch plays most of it straight, with impressive results. Add in a fine supporting cast, especially the dottering triumph of veteran Neilsen as the Republican maid Dottie, and this evening of pure escapist entertainment ranks as one of New York's most satisfying of the season.

Verdict: Who knows how many more times Busch will be onstage. You don't want to go to your grave having missed him.

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Blogger T$ said...

thanks for the review...I'll have to get tickets ASAP...

10/26/07, 12:07 PM  
Blogger DBK said...

Thanks for posting this. My anniversary is coming up and tickets to a show that I could stand too would be a great gift for Mrs DBK (and myself). We could use a night out in The City, what with planning the move to Minneapolis.

10/26/07, 12:07 PM  

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