February 13 - March 6, 2016

By Charles Busch                        
Directed by Warren C. Bowles

With Sally Wingert, Linda Kelsey,
David Coral, Maggie Bearmon Pistner and Charles Goitia

Individual Producers
Linda and Mike Platt
Sue Albrecht and Nancy Desmond

Producers Circle
Jim and Nancy Proman

Marjorie Taub is depressed, frustrated and utterly dissatisfied. Plunged into the throes of a midlife crisis, no one is safe from her theatrical eruptions of self-doubt and self-pity. Neither Ira, her husband, nor Frieda, her mother, can distract her from her angst. That is, until a mysterious childhood friend arrives and shakes things up. Flamboyant and full of surprises, this Tony-nominated satirical romp is sure
to have you laughing with abandon.

To quote Kafka, ‘I’m a cage in search of a bird.’
— Marjorie Taub

Doorways Programs for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife

Meet the Artists | Sunday, February 14

Join us for a conversation with the actors about The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
following the 1:00 p.m. performance. 

The Lady in Question is Charles Busch | Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.


Playwright. Actor. And leading lady. With all the glamour and camp of Busch’s own work, the documentary The Lady in Question is Charles Busch is an adventure through the world of a prolific and beloved New York City drag performer and artist. Screening will take place at MJTC's space at the Highland Park Community Center. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 651-647-4315.


Drag: Performance and Identity | Sunday, February 21

A look at the intersections of identity and performance in drag. Special guests include: creator of Flip Phone and the drag character “Joy Vey” Chad Kampe; actor, director and Macalester professor Harry Waters, Jr.; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife director Warren C. Bowles. Following the 1:00 p.m. performance.

Meet the Cast

David Coral (Ira Taub) has appeared onstage at MJTC in The Magic Dreidels, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan WeddingMy Name is Asher LevThe Triangle Factory Fire ProjectTwilight of the Golds, and The Chosen. Other acting credits include The Great River Shakespeare Festival, Gremlin Theatre, Torch Theater, and Park Square Theater, among others.  Directing credits include Theatre in the Round, Starting Gate Productions, and Shadowplay. David is also a freelance commercial, film and voice-over talent, and is a principal actor in the feature-length film Dawning

Charles Goitia (Mohammed) appears at MJTC for the first time. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, where he received his B.F.A in Musical Theatre. He has performed in musicals and operas locally with Lyric Arts, The Chameleon Theatre Circle, and Skylark Opera, among others. Some of his favorite credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (Frank-N-Furter), Godspell (Judas), The Philadelphia Story (George Kittredge),  The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), and Medea (Creon).

Linda Kelsey (Frieda) returns to MJTC, after appearing in Handle with Care. Her theater credits include the Kennedy Center, Ahmanson Theatre in L.A., and the Peterborough Players.  In the Twin Cities, she has appeared at Guthrie
Theater, Torch Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre and, most recently, in 4000 Miles and The Other Place at Park Square Theatre.  Her TV credits include five seasons as Billie on Lou Grant, and numerous guest roles in Mash, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Twilight Zone, and Eleanor and Franklin, among others.  She will appear next in Calendar Girls at Park Square Theatre. 

Maggie Bearmon Pistner (Lee Green) returns to MJTC, previously appearing in Jericho and The History of Invulnerability. Other theater credits include Jungle Theater, Park Square Theatre, Artistry, Red Eye Theater and Walking Shadow Theatre Company. In 2013, she debuted her one-woman, sold-out Fringe show “They Called Her Captain.”  It will be remounted at the Sabes Jewish Community Center March 24-27, 2016.   Maggie is a voice-over and commercial

Sally Wingert (Marjorie Taubpreviously appeared at MJTC in
Family Secrets, Woman Before a Glass, 2.5 Minute Ride, and Rose. Other credits include Guthrie Theater, where she has appeared in more than 80 productions since 1985, Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Park Square Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Dark and Stormy Productions, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The O'Neill, Yale Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, and American Repertory Theater. She was awarded a 2014 McKnight Fellowship for Theater

Meet the Production Artists


Warren C. Bowles (Director) previously directed Jericho and Photograph 51 at MJTC. He has more than 40 years of experience as an actor, director, choreographer, and playwright at Mixed Blood Theatre and others across the country. Directing credits include Park Square Theatre, San Diego Public Theatre, Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Interact, Southwest State University, Augsburg College, and others. In 2004, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proclaimed a "Warren Caesar Bowles Day." Warren is a recipient of a 2005 McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists.

Liz Josheff Busa (Costume Design) has previously designed Becoming Dr. RuthJericho and Stars of David for MJTC. As well as being a freelance designer, she is a Red Eye Theater company member where she has collaborated on over 40 productions.  Her theater work includes costume, set, and projection design. In addition, she has designed for film and television, and has worked in arts education as a teaching artist.

Paul Epton (Lighting Designdiscovered theater lighting at
Carleton College and was an award-winning designer in Detroit. Since moving to Minneapolis, he’s designed regularly for MJTC (over 50 shows, including Stars of David, My Name is Asher Lev, The Triangle Factory Fire Project, Old Wicked Songs), Mixed Blood Theatre (In the Time of the Butterflies, Ruined), Off-Leash Area (Maggie’s Brain, Psst!), Torch Theater (Turn of the Screw, Dancing at Lughnasa), and Day Trippers, among others. 


Michael Hoover (Scenic Design) returns to MJTC, having designed The Twenty-Seventh ManJericho and Stars of David. Michael designs sets locally for many theaters, including Juno and the Paycock (co-designer) and Choir ++Boy at Guthrie Theater. Other stage design credits include Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Theater Latté Da, and Torch Theater. In addition to his freelance career as a scenic designer, Michael is on staff as the Lead Scenic Artist at the Guthrie Theater.

C. Andrew Mayer (Sound Design) has designed sound previously at MJTC for The Twenty-Seventh Man, JerichoNew Jerusalem, The History of Invulnerability, and Photograph 51, among others, and designe projections for Stars of David. He was a McKnight Theatre Fellow and won an Audelco Award for his design for Carlyle Brown's Pure Confidence at 59E59 in New York City. During the summer, he serves as Producing Director of the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Maine.

Robert J. Smith (Properties Designhas designed props for MJTC’s The Chanukah Guest, Jericho and New Jerusalem. He's designed props for 21 shows at Theatre in the Round, most recently for Fahrenheit 451, Black Coffee and Treasure Island, and stage-managed 3 shows. Other local credits include Gray Space, Starting Gate,  Tedious Brief Productions and Walking Shadow Theatre Company. In Salt Lake City, he was resident stage manager for the Children's Theater at Promised Valley Playhouse. Robert has a degree in radio and TV broadcasting.

Robin Macgregor (Stage Managerproudly adds the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company to her resume, and is pleased to work with Mr. Bowles again.  She began in Seattle as a theater volunteer and successfully made a living as an Actors’ Equity stage manager.  Besides many years at Chanhassen Dinner Theater, she has worked at Illusion Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Ordway, Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center and Perseverance Theatre in Alaska. Her primary interest today is the Research Committee of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. So much for retirement!