Sold Out Hit, “Dr. Ruth, All the Way” returns to Barrington Stage Sept. 19 to Oct. 7 [Berkshire on Stage]
When Mark St.Germain’s autobiographical show about Dr. Ruth began its run in the smaller of the two Barrington Stage theatres, they figured chances were good that it would play to decent sized audiences. But with Dr. Ruth in town, Debra Jo Rupp’s brilliant portrayal of the famed sex therapist, not to mention the fistfuls of great reviews (read the Burns and Murray Review), the world premiere engagement became a sold out phenomenon, and one of the summer’s most difficult tickets to obtain. It seems everyone was curious about her real life, from Nazi survivor, to sniper, to mom. Only Brad Cooper playing The Elephant Man in Williamstown got as many tongues wagging, and phones ringing off the hook.
But when push came to shove, they could not extend the run of Dr. Ruth, All the Way; other shows had long been slated to fill the St. Germain stage on Linden Street. So it completed it run and closed. Some 4000 lucky ticket holders had managed to see it.