The notoriously controversial and charismatic Tallulah Bankhead has been brought to life again with Valerie Harper portraying the bawdy star brilliantly.

This laugh-a-minute production outlines the antics of the infamously difficult actress as she takes an entire day to loop one line for a film she has recently finished. The wit abounds as Bankhead’s own notorious quotes are woven seamlessly throughout the dialogue.

Chad Allen as Danny Miller could be a little less wooden in his supporting role, but he still manages to hold his own against the powerhouse performance of the larger-than-life character he is up against.

The real treat here, however, is that just when you think the whole thing will be no more than a delivery of comedic one-liners, they offer a poignant and touching twist that turns the play into a wonderful evening of fun and feeling.

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