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Charles talks about his current production of Shanghai Moon, the old and sometimes obscure films he pays homage to in his plays, socializing with old movie actresses - including a very famous leading lady - and just how long it takes him to get into makeup.

From newsday.com:


Fast Chat: Charles Busch
by Daniel Bubbeo
June 22, 2008
photo: Alex Remnick for East Hampton Star

Shanghai Moon now thru June 29 at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor

"a comedy with a bit of complexity" -- The East Hampton Star*

Thom Sesma, Charles Busch, Gordana Rashovich and Jodi Lin in Shanghai Moon (© Lia Chang)

Following the success of last summer's hit revival, The Lady in Question, Charles returns to Sag Harbor with a new production of his 1999 play, Shanghai Moon, co-starring his longtime pal, actress and comedienne Julie Halston. It is directed by Carl Andress, who helmed two previous stagings of Shanghai Moon, as well as the Off-Broadway production of Die Mommie Die!

Shanghai Moon is both an homage to and parody of films like The Cheat (1931) with Tallulah Bankhead, Shanghai Express (1932) with Marlene Dietrich, and The Letter (1940) with Bette Davis.

The heroine is Lady Sylvia Allington (played by Busch), a former Chicago showgirl married to an aged British diplomat. She travels with him to Shanghai where she begins a clandestine love affair with the mysterious General Gong Fei, becomes hooked on opium, is arrested for murder, and, like all Busch heroines, reveals her inner strength and resolve as her life falls melodramatically apart.

For more information and tickets, see http://www.baystreet.org/0704/show.asp?id=276

*See the review in the East Hampton Star

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