Monday, June 11, 2018
Goodbye Charlie is a 1959 fantasy play by George Axelrod.
Axelrod is much more famous for his play The Seven Year Itch and for the many films he directed. But, frankly, I think this is one of his best works. Axelrod's fantasy is about a boozing rich womanizer (Charlie) who drowns and is immediately reincarnated as a buxom, beautiful adult woman. Charlie now gets his own taste of what it's like to be a sexually harassed woman. And then -- but I digress, and don't want to give away the surprise.
Despite its obvious appeal in the wake of the #MeToo movement, it is completely forgotten.
I've seen the play, and it's hilarious. Moreover, the part of Charlie (who never appears as a man) just BEGS BEGS BEGS to be played in drag. But as far as I can tell, no one has ever done it that way. They've always cast a woman in the role.