Plays-within-plays require such intricate tailoring. So it's a pleasure to report that The Third Story, the ever-captivating Charles Busch proves equally deft as both performer and seamstress.Theatermania
Charles Busch says more with a curled lip than many plays say in a whole evening of talk.Newsday
The main joy of The Third Story is that its foolery embodies something substantive... No wonder The Third Story feels like such an energizing event.Village Voice
Plays-within-plays require such intricate tailoring. So it's a pleasure to report that with The Third Story, the ever-captivating Charles Busch proves equally deft as both performer and seamstress.Theatermania
Mr. Busch and company explore and explode all sorts of vintage cinema clichés, an activity at which Mr. Busch is without peerBen Brantley The New York Times
Ingenious! Laugh-packed! The Third Story proves a treat and throbs with heart as well!The Hartford Courant
Third Story, The Script
A faded screenwriter in the 1940s woos her troubled ex-writer son into collaborating on a screenplay. The gangster/sci-fi B-movie in their imagination unfolds before us, involving a chic crime czarina, a beautiful but icy lady scientist and her failed and understandably bitter human cloning experiment. A third story is a Russian fairy tale the screenwriter told her son as a child about a painfully shy princess who forges a diabolical pact with a terrifying but surprisingly vulnerable old witch. The fairy tale inspires the movie which inspires the mother and son screenwriters to mend their fractured relationship.