The Lady In Question


Lady in Question flyer.jpg (46454 bytes)A free wheeling satire of patriotic 1940’s thrillers such as “Notorious” and “Escape”, “The Lady in Question” tells the suspenseful tale of Gertrude Garnet, the most glamorous concert pianist on the international stage. On tour in 1940 Bavaria, her colossal self-absorption is challenged when a handsome American professor engages her aid in rescuing his mother from a Nazi prison.

"The Lady in Question” is hilarious company."   Frank Rich, New York Times

"Busch keeps the multi-layered joke afloat with extensive good humor, skill and wicked comic daring."   Feingold, The Village Voice

 "The Lady in Question” has every lovable old cliché from 1940’s movie history, sent up with the flamboyance of a Fourth of July rocket."    Stearns, USA Today

Originally produced by the WPA  Theatre (Kyle Renick, Artistic Director), New York City, 1988.

The Lady in Question opened Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City on July 25, 1989.


Written by Charles Busch, directed by Kenneth Elliott, set design by B. T. Whitehill, costumes by Robert Locke and Jennifer Arnold, wigs by Elizabeth Katherine Carr, lighting by Vivien Leone, production stage manager was Robert Vandergriff. 


James Cahill (Voice of the Announcer) Mark Hamilton (Professor Mittelhoffer and Dr. Maximilian), Theresa Marlowe (Heidi Mittelhoffer), Robert Carey (Karel Freiser), Arnie Kolodner (Professor Erik Maxwell), Andy Halliday (Hugo Hoffman and Lotte Von Elsner), Kenneth Elliott (Baron Wilhelm Von Elsner), Charles Busch (Gertrude Garnet), Julie Halston (Kitty, The Countess de Borgia), Meghan Robinson (Augusta Von Elsner and Raina Aldric)

Stock and amateur rights available through Samuel  French, Inc.  45 West 25th Street, NY, NY 10010. For all other inquiries, please contact Marc Glick, Glick and Weintraub, 1501 Broadway, suite 2401, New York, NY 10036.

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Charles Busch as as Gertrude Garnet
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CB as Gertrude Garnet
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Arnie Kolodner as Prof. Erik Maxwell and CB as Gertrude Garnet
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Meghan Robinson (back),
Andy Halliday as Lotte,
Kenneth Elliott as Baron
Von Elsner and CB as
Gertrude Garnet
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The cast of "The Lady in Question" with movie legend Claire Trevor

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