I play the role of Dr. V. Ira Taub, the allergist referenced in the title. Ira is a "helper" by nature and has retired from his practice to pursue helping the needy and disenfranchised while at the same time being the great mediator between his ever-arguing wife and mother-in-law, both to whom he is devoted. He's also a frustrated Catskills comedian which emerges in just about everything he says and does.
What were some of the challenges you faced in working on this show?
Ira is great fun to play but in such a comedic piece it is important to balance the broad with the nuanced. It's easy to go "too big" with his character. Thanks to our terrific director, I've been able to find the humanness of this man while enjoying his bigger than life personality.
What do you want the audience to take away from The Tale of the Allergist's Wife?
Blood is thicker than water. Ultimately, family is at the foundation of all things good.