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LOOPED BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: March 14, 2010
NY DAILY NEWS
Synopsis: Looped tells the story of internationally celebrated actress Tallulah Bankhead as she is 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, Bankhead was known for her wild partying and convention-defying exploits that outshone even today’s celebrity bad girls. Given her inebriated state (and inability to loop the line perfectly), what ensues is a hilarious showdown between an uptight and conservative sound editor, Danny Miller, and the outrageous star.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"A previously unknown Tallulah Bankhead — the fabulous monster as crackerjack comic — is revealed to the world in Matthew Lombardo’s play “Looped,” which stars Valerie Harper as that troubled actress in her twilight moments. As she lurches around the recording studio where the play is set in 1965, unable to finish the last bit of work on what will prove to be her final film, Tallulah barks out punch lines with the skill of a stand-up comic with decades of Borscht Belt experience, despite the half-bottle of Scotch flowing through her veins."
"Long before reality TV was a twinkle in any program director's eye, Tallulah Bankhead proved that self-degradation was a highly marketable art form. Though a famous beauty and promising actress in her youth, Bankhead's most memorable role would be the caricature of herself she became in later years: the gravelly voiced, grotesquely mannered, dissolute creature who launched a thousand drag-queen skits."
"In "Looped," Matthew Lombardo's whisper-thin but enjoyable comedy starring Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead, the bygone celebrity bad girl is at a recording studio in 1965 doing something unusual for her - she's cleaning up her act."
"Nobody likes a good Tallulah Bankhead story more than I—in fact, I'll launch into my deep-throated imitation and call you "Dahling" at the least provocation—but even I get a bit tired if it goes on for two hours. That's the trouble with "Looped," Matthew Lombardo's new play, now on Broadway after runs in Pasadena, Calif.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Washington, D.C. Lombardo has taken a Bankhead anecdote and thinly stretched it into a full-length play."
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