Sunday, July 06, 2008
Hooray for Hollywood!
The Pasadena Playhouse is offering the premiere production of "Looped" about Tallulah Bankhead.
Written by Matthew Lombardo, the show uses a real life incident as its stepping off point -- a 1965 session in a Hollywood recording studio where Bankhead was to loop one line from the film "Die! Die! My Darling!" What should have taken five minutes instead took over eight hours.
Co-starring Chad Allen as the executive overseeing the recording session, this play looks at Bankhead's humor, idiosyncratic style and self-destructive behaviour.
Valerie Harper, as Bankhead, gives a very impressive, powerhouse performance. Rhoda doesn't live here anymore.
Playwright Lombardo previously wrote the entertaining "Tea at Five," about Katharine Hepburn which starred Kate Mulgrew and also ran at the Pasadena Playhouse.