The Verdict: Critics Review Charles Busch's New Comedy The Tribute Artist Off-Broadway

The world premiere of playwright-actor Charles Busch's new comedy The Tribute Artist, featuring Busch and actress Julie Halston, officially opened Off-Broadway Feb. 9 at 59E59 Theaters.

Charles Busch
Charles Busch (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Carl Andress (The Divine Sister, Die Mommie Die!, The Third Story) stages the production that is currently scheduled to run through March 16.

Busch and longtime stage collaborator Halston (The Divine Sister, Anything Goes) co-star in the comedy, which also features Mary Bacon (Giant), Cynthia Harris (Lost in Yonkers, "Mad About You"), Keira Keeley (Angels in America, The Glass Menagerie) and Jonathan Walker (The Assembled Parties, The Divine Sister).

According to Primary Stages, "This new comedy features Mr. Busch himself as an out-of-work female impersonator who, when his elderly landlady dies in her sleep, takes on her identity in order to hang on to her valuable Greenwich Village townhouse. This 'perfect' plan goes awry and leads to a wild path of twists and reversals plotted by an eccentric rogues gallery of outrageous schemers. Expect Busch's signature blend of quick-witted banter and gender-bending hijinks in this new play."

The critics have filed their reviews, and has collected them for our readers. will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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Time Out New York


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Julie Halston and Charles Busch
Julie Halston and Charles Busch (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)