The Star-Ledger reports that Strasser will portray Marjorie Taub, the role created in the original Manhattan Theatre Club production by Linda Lavin, who was Tony-nominated for her performance when the production moved to Broadway. Strasser will play opposite the previously announced Lenny Wolpe as Dr. Ira Taub.
Charles Busch's Tony-nominated play begins previews Jan. 7, 2004 at the New Jersey theatre. Directed by Carl Andress, Allergist's Wife will run through Feb. 8. Additional casting is expected shortly.
Robin Strasser received a 1982 Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama for her work on "One Life to Live." Her Broadway theatre credits include The Shadow Box and Chapter Two. Strasser was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, and has worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Mark Taper Forum.
After a successful run Off-Broadway, Busch's comedy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, played Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre 777 performances: Oct. 12, 2000-Sept. 15, 2002. The original Broadway cast included Lavin, Michele Lee, Tony Roberts, Shirl Bernheim and Anil Kumar. The play received three 2001 Tony nominations.
Tickets for The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, ranging from $30-$67, are available by calling (973) 376-4343. The Paper Mill: The State Theatre of New Jersey is located in Millburn, N.J., on Brookside Drive. Visit www.papermill.org for more information.