Rich Massabny is a theatre, arts, & food critic in the nation's capital. He has been quoted in the Washington Post and Washington Times. One of the most visible cable television personalities in the Washington, D.C. area, his celebrity chefs on cooking shows, his weekly reviews and his hour long talk show, reach over 1,000,000 homes.

Monday, October 26, 2015


“The  Tale of the Allergist’s Wife”
     There’s nothing like a New York Jewish family. As a Brooklyn kid myself, I found the family in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” currently playing at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, right on the mark.  It’s about  Marjorie, played by Karen Jadlos Shotts and her husband, Ira, played by Jack Stein, a retired allergy doctor. Marjorie is depressed because she feels she has nothing to show for her life. They live in a Manhattan apartment where her meddlesome mother, Frieda, played beautifully by Janice Zucker,  lives down the hall.Marjorie and Ira are a riot dealing with Marjorie’s depression and her mother’s digestive disorders. The surprise arrival of  Lee,  played by Marianne Meyers, a childhood friend of Marjorie’s, pushes the married couple  to the limit with lots of laughs. Omar Rocha plays Mohammed, the doorman with common sense. LTA is very good about  producing comedies and “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” is a great example. I’d like to think the producer could bundle it up and take it to Broadway. Great direction by Michael Kharfen, Don’t miss this fun-filled show before it closes on Nov. 14. For information and tickets, call 703-683-0496 or check the website at

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