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The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch


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This 2005 documentary vividly chronicles the career of actor-writer Charles Busch, the cross-dressing star of such camp hits as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party, and The Lady in Question. Video makers John Catania and Charles Ignacio follow Busch from his raggedy East Village beginnings to his mainstream success on Broadway and later forays into film, interviewing him and others (actor B.D. Wong, screenwriter Paul Rudnick) and including clips of his hilarious performances and the Hollywood icons that inspired him (Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyck, Rosalind Russell, and...Tippi Hedren?). The film also illuminates a unique era when gay fringe theater flourished as an antidote to the devastation of AIDS. 94 min. Busch, Catania, and Ignacio will attend the screening and a reception afterward, part of a benefit for the Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival; tickets are $75. Fri 6/2, 7 PM, Columbia College Ludington Bldg.

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