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Olive and the Bitter Herbs

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Overview

Produced by:
Primary Stages, in association with Daryl Roth and Bob Boyett
Dates:
July 26 - September 04, 2011
Run Time:
0 Hour, 0 Minute
Theater:
Showing in Theater

Show Info

By Charles Busch
Directed by Mark Brokaw

With Dan Butler, David Garrison, Julie Halston, Marcia Jean Kurtz, and Richard Masur

Olive Fisher is an elderly character actress whose claim to fame were the iconic "Gimme the Sausage" commercials of the 1980s. She is a classic New York curmudgeon, at war with the world and in particular her next door neighbors. Her closed-off life is shaken by the appearance of a spectral male figure viewed through her living room mirror. A series of strange and outrageous coincidences reveals that the man in the mirror has intimate links to everyone in Olive's world and most revealingly to Olive, encouraging her that it's never too late to change one's life.

Photo Caption: Marcia Jean Kurtz in OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS.
Photo: James Leynse
Photo Caption: David Garrison, Dan Butler, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Richard Masur, and Julie Halston in OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS.
Photo: James Leynse
Photo Caption: Julie Halston and Marcia Jean Kurtz in OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS.
Photo: James Leynse
Photo Caption: Dan Butler, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Richard Masur, and David Garrison in OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS.
Photo: James Leynse
Photo Caption: Richard Masur and Marcia Jean Kurtz in OLIVE AND THE BITTER HERBS.
Photo: James Leynse
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Producing Company

Primary Stages

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway not-for-profit theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. They operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since their founding in 1984, they have produced more than 130 new plays.

Read more at: http://primarystages.org


Reviews

"Mr. Busch is perhaps equaled only by Paul Rudnick in his ability to churn out well-turned, archly funny zingers..." - The New York Times

"A group of New Yorkers seemingly brought together by chance find that their ties run deeper than they could imagine in Charles Busch's fantastical new comedy Olive and the Bitter Herbs" - TheatreMania

“Mr. Busch has outdone himself” - Stage and Cinema