The Third Story

  • Date:
    November 1, 2008

    What the press had to say.....

    "...often entertaining and just as often overwhelming new play,"
    Ben Brantley
    New York Times

    "It had the fixings for fireworks... Unfortunately, those sparks never fly."
    Joe Dziemianowicz
    New York Daily News

    "Busch's latest effort, an overstuffed, overlong and underfunny parody of at least two genres too many.
    Frank Scheck
    New York Post

    "A romp with all the expected Busch ingredients: plenty of campy humor, double and triple entendres, the playwright doubling in two drag roles. As a blowsy �40s screenwriter facing obsolescence with a wink and a tumbler or four of bourbon, Turner adds earthy humor, sensational style and an undercurrent of poignancy. "
    John Simon

    "middling, sporadically amusing... the story-within-a-story-within-a-story is more dull than demented. "Let's not get too subtle," says Turner. No danger here." Linda Winner

    "The fairy-tale segments are superfluous, and the "real," supposedly serious plot involving Peg and Drew is as melodramatic and kitschy as the gangster film parody."
    David Sheward
    Back Stage

    "Drag queen-playwright Charles Busch may spin out yards of flashy narrative threads in his ambitious new comedy ..., but they don't add up to a fabulous new dress - it's more like a shapeless muumuu with a bland pattern."
    David Cote
    Time Out New York

    "Your head may spin while trying to figure out the proceedings... Untangling the strands of this sporadically imaginative spoof requires a willingness to sit through reams of exposition..."
    Michael Kuchwara
    Associated Press

    "It's always a treat to watch Busch in one of his wisecracking glamourpuss turns, but this overreaching effort is a watery cocktail trying to pass for a more potent dirty martini."
    David Rooney