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Review: Tallulah Bankhead is “Looped” at Stageworks/Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 26th, 2013
Colleen Zenk in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of LOOPED. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Colleen Zenk in Stageworks/Hudson’s 2013 production of LOOPED. Photo: Rob Shannon.

Theater review by Roseann Cane

Tallulah Bankhead made her last film, “Die! Die! My Darling!,” in 1965. By then, the actress, more celebrated for her flamboyant personality and uncensored proclamations about her sexual appetite than for her artistry, suffered from the effects of decades of smoking (reportedly 150 cigarettes daily), drinking and reliance on cocaine, among other drugs. She died in 1968 at the age of 66.

Playwright Matthew Lombardo was inspired to write “Looped” by an event that occurred during the production of Bankhead’s final screen appearance. Because of a technical snafu, the actress was summoned to loop (re-record) one line of dialogue. The star showed up at the L.A. recording studio drunk and drug-addled, and unable – or unwilling – to retain the line. And so she held hostage the frustrated technicians as they descended into eight hours of Tallulah Land.

At Stageworks/Hudson, July 10-28, 2013, “Looped” opens as film editor Danny Miller (Michael Rhodes) seems ready to implode in frustration as he awaits the arrival of the hours-late Bankhead. Sound technician Steve (Steven Austin Young), a level up in the sound booth, takes everything in stride. He is on the clock, after all. Eventually Bankhead (Colleen Zenk) makes her grand entrance, a little wobbly in her black stilettos. She languorously unbuttons an elegant fur coat to reveal a spectacular royal purple dress.

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Colleen Zenk Plays Tallulah Bankhead as “Looped” Gets Area Premiere at Stageworks/Hudson [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 12th, 2013
Colleen Zenk as the great Tallulah.

Colleen Zenk as the great Tallulah.

Next up at Stageworks/Hudson is LOOPED by Matthew Lombardo on Friday, July 12, 2013. Preview performances are July 10 and 11. LOOPED runs Wednesdays through Sundays through July 28 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, 41 Cross Street, Hudson, New York.

LOOPED features veteran film, television and stage actors Colleen Zenk, Michael Rhodes and Steven Austin Young. LOOPED is directed by Laura Margolis, artistic director of Stageworks.

“Inspired by a true story involving the great actress, Tallulah Bankhead, LOOPED is a scathingly funny and delicately touching journey of two lives as they twist and turn to a surprising and unforgettable finish,” comments Margolis. “We are honored to be one of the first regional theaters to produce this hilarious and moving new play and delighted to have Emmy-nominated actress Colleen Zenk take on the role of Tallulah.”

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