Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Tale of the Allergist's Wife - meet director Michael Kharfen

What are you trying to accomplish with the story of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife?
First, we are trying to have audiences laugh.  Our daily lives can be very challenging and we all need a little break by enjoying a very funny play.  Second, we get to share Charles Busch's wonderful blend of New York and Jewish humor with its mocking and colorful expression, which is telling it like it is, from the heart, without filter.

What were some of your challenges as the show's director?
A challenge was finding the perfect cast that can create these slightly kooky characters, which I was so fortunate to get with such a gifted group of actors.  With comedies, another challenge was to not have the characters become cartoonish or caricatures.  I am so grateful for the talented cast in giving us genuinely natural, funny people.

What do you want the audience to take away from The Tale of the Allergist's Wife?
I think the message of the play is though sometimes we may get lost in the middle of life, we also have an inner spark - our inner Buddha - that will reignite us and get us back on our way.

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