The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2006)



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When East Village theater Renaissance man Charles Busch's sexually salacious +Vampire Lesbians of Sodom first premiered on the New York stage in 1984, few would have suspected that the cross-dressing slice of kitsch theater would eventually be honored as one of the longest-running shows in off-Broadway history. A runaway hit with the underground art community that quickly found its way to the mainstream, +Vampire Lesbians of Sodom defied convention to become one of the hottest tickets in town, and eventually served to launch the career of a man known best for being a woman. Devastated by the death of his mother at a young age, Charles Busch escaped into the world of classic film before being spirited away from the suburbs by his caring aunt and encouraged to explore his creativity in Manhattan. Though originally rejected by a variety of directors who dismissed him as either "too odd," or "too gay," Busch eventually decided to take control of his destiny by writing his own plays and became one of the most celebrated figures in New York theater. From Busch's early success with the Theater-in-Limbo to his later success in film with Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the remarkable story of the self-made theater phenomenon is explored in this documentary from filmmakers John Catania and Charles D. Ignacio.
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The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch should prove quite enticing for the legions of fans who have followed him throughout his career.

April 21, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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Affectionately observed, nimbly edited (and perhaps a mite overly reverent) documentary.

Full Review… | April 14, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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An affectionate tribute to the drag artist who has been a Manhattan institution for more than 20 years.

Full Review… | April 7, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch rarely stops genuflecting long enough to let its hair down.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Busch's own personality, and the way the directors use the director/playwright's own dialogue and delivery to illustrate aspects of his life, give this documentary a resonance and playfulness missing in all too many bio pics.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
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Invaluable as theater history.

March 24, 2006
New York Post
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