Four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines, who is currently starring in Driving Miss Daisy in Australia, will switch hats this summer to direct The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse. The revival of Charles Busch’s comedy will begin performances August 15, and play a limited engagement through September 1. Casting will be announced shortly.
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife tells the story of Marjorie Taub, a middle-aged Upper West Side doctor’s wife who spends her mornings at the Whitney, her afternoons at MOMA and her evenings at BAM. Plunged into a mid-life crisis of Medea-like proportions, she’s shaken out of her lethargy by the reappearance of a mysterious childhood friend. The Tale of the Allergist's Wife premiered off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2000 before transferring to Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The production starred Linda Lavin as Marjorie, Tony Roberts as Ira and Michele Lee as Lee.
Gaines is making his directorial debut with The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. He was last seen on Broadway in An Enemy of the People. He earned Tony Awards for Gypsy, Contact, She Loves Me and The Heidi Chronicles, and an additional nomination for Journey’s End. Gaines’ other Broadway credits include Driving Miss Daisy, The Columnist, Pygmalion, Twelve Angry Men, Cabaret, Company and The Show Off. His film and TV credits include The Good Wife, Funny Games, Fame, Heartbreak Ridge and One Day at a Time.