The Tale of the Allergist's Wife 

In this turn-of-the-millennium comedy, playwright Charles Busch pretends to be on the side of unconventionality and sexual liberation, symbolized by an uninhibited friend who appears out of nowhere to shake up the neurotic, unhappy middle-aged protagonist, Marjorie. Then he spends most of the second act touting the safe upper-middle-class values he skewered in the first. No wonder the play ran for nearly two years on Broadway. Still, Busch gets in some good laughs, many of them based on Marjorie's horrible relationship with her aging mother. This production benefits from strong direction by Kurt Johns and flawless performances by the ensemble, led by mildly miscast but still likable Paula Scrofano as Marjorie. Through 3/19: Wed-Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 3 PM, Sun 3/19, 3 and 7 PM, no show Thu 3/16, Apple Tree Theatre, 595 Elm, Highland Park, 847-432-4335, $35-$45.

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