Robin’s Show Recommendation — LOOPED
Directed by Rob Ruggiero, and playing at the Lyceum Theatre in NYC, from the moment Valerie Harper hits the stage, you know she is a theatre force to be reckoned with. She not only delivers a knockout performance, but I found myself recalling how much I used to love watching her on television on Rhoda and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She was a treat then….and is a treat now….especially seeing her live, up close ‘n personal. She is captivating, funny, riveting and every bit a star.
LOOPED tells the story of Tallulah Bankhead, the internationally celebrated actress, being called into a sound studio in 1965 to re-record (or “loop”) one line of dialogue for what would be her last film — the dreadful “Die, Die My Darling.” Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that surpassed even today’s celebrity bad girls. Given her inebriated state and inability to loop the line properly, what ensues is an uproarious showdown between an uptight film editor and the outrageous legend.
Brian Hutchison and Michael Mulheren complete the company, and both complement Ms. Harper well.
The creative team for LOOPED includes set designer Adrian W. Jones, costume designer William Ivey Long, wig designer Charles LaPointe, lighting designer Ken Billington and sound designers Michael Hooker & Peter Fitzgerald.
LOOPED is presented on Broadway by Tony Cacciotti, Chase Mishkin, Bard Theatricals, Lauren Class Schneider, Lawrence S. Toppall and Leonard Soloway, in association with Barbara Freitag and David Mirvish.
The show plays Tue at 7, Wed-Fri at 8, Wed at 2, Sat at 2 & 8, and Sun at 3 PM. Tickets are available through www.telecharge.com, or by calling 212-239-6200.