Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fabulous Tallulah Bankhead Excerpts from "Looped"

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Valerie Harper is Looped as Tallulah Bankhead

The legendary film actress Tallulah Bankhead was a delicious diva, outrageous and there wasn't a drag queen in the 1960's that didn't attempt to do her. Looped tells the story of one day in her life. Starting out in California at the Pasadena Playhouse, and currently in its last week at Arena Stage in D.C. the play's ultimate destination is Broadway.

The talented director Rob Ruggiero

The play is written by Matthew Lombardo and directed by Rob Ruggiero,who regularly works with Barrington Stage here in the Berkshires where Carousel is now playing. We would love to see Looped there one day. Ruggiero is also well known to Hartford audiences where he has directed dozens of plays for TheaterWorks. He is currently up to his "earballs" with Lerner and Loewe's Camelot which will soon open at the legendary Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, a company which, like Barrington Stage, has sent works on to New York City.

Enjoy these tiny snippets from Looped. If you appreciate Tallulah, you will love what Valerie Harper (remember the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda?) has done with these famous quotes.

And if you are in the nation's capitol this weekend, try to get tickets to see it at Arena Stage. This is not to be missed.

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