Lucille Lortel Theatre: The Third Story

February 4, 2009 § Leave a comment

Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, West Village, Manhattan

Lucille Lortel Theatre

“A mother and son screenwriting team hunker down in Omaha after fleeing Commie-obsessed 1940s Hollywood. A romantically-inclined but socially-inept princess makes a deal with an ancient witch. And tommy guns meet test tubes as a way-too-well-dressed first lady of the mob forms a desperate alliance with a cloning scientist whose experiments have had, um, less-than-consistent results. Gangster flicks, fairy tales and B-movie sci-fi collide in this epic comic fable from the sick and silly imagination of Charles Busch.” This show premiered at La Jolla Playhouse; this is the NYC premiere. [from the press release]

OPENED: February 2, 2009. CLOSES: February 28, 2009

©2008 Bruce Glikas/

MCC honchos Blake West, Bernard Telsey, Robert LuPone
and William Cantler flank their daring stars Turner and Busch.

Photos by Bruce Glikas

The campy, fantastically twisted mind that brought us shows such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and the Tony-nommed The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife is heading back to the New York stage, this time with the help of stage and screen stalwart Kathleen Turner. Playwright and actor Charles Busch will bring his newest work, The Third Story (which made its world premiere at California’s La Jolla Playhouse earlier this fall), to NYC, getting back into drag (Busch usually plays female roles in the style of iconic screen sirens like Joan Crawford) to battle diva-style with Turner at the Lucille Lortel Theatre beginning January 14. Busch, Turner, and castmates Jennifer Van Dyck, Scott Parkinson, Sarah Rafferty and Jonathan Walker teamed up with MCC Theater’s marvelous production team to greet the press on December 17 before getting down to business. Click here to get the Story with Turner and Busch

CAST: Charles Busch, Kathleen Turner, Jennifer Van Dyck, Scott Parkinson, Sarah Rafferty, Jonathan Walker

Charles Busch, 2008

AUTHOR: Charles Busch

DIRECTOR: Carl Andress


Kathleen Turner to co-star in “The Third Story”

Charles Busch’s newest play, The Third Story, is coming to Off-Broadway’s “hottest destination” – MCC Theater – following its successful world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse.

Kathleen Turner is slated to co-star in this triad of interwoven stories, in which actors portray different characters in each story; often switching from one character and storyline to another in the blink of an eye. Turner will be stepping into the roles originated by the impressive Mary Beth Peil. Full casting has yet to be announced. Carl Andress will direct.

Stage and screen veteran Turner, twice-nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress (for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), has been described as “a first-rate, depth-probing stage actress” by the New York Times.


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