Tallulah Bankhead was a Broadway diva who electrified audiences for decades in plays like Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, and in the occasional movie like Hitchcock’s Lifeboat. She was a Southern belle who loved to party, and she lived as wildly as convention would allow. By 1965 she was nearing the end of her career, and was starring in the schlocky horror flick Die! Die! My Darling! Matthew Lombardo’s comedy Looped, which opens at Stageworks/Hudson tonight, is based on the true story of what happened when Bankhead was called back to re-record—“loop”—one line of dialog for the film.
Bankhead, you see, was inebriated—“looped”—and blew take after take, setting up a comic war of wills with the sound editor.
Colleen Zenk (of As the World Turns fame) is the flamboyant star, performing alongside Michael Rhodes and Steven Austin Young. Laura Margolis directs.
Looped is open (Thursday, July 11) and will run through July 28 at Stageworks/Hudson (41-A Cross St., Hudson). Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 PM; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM; and Sundays at 2 PM. There will be an additional matinee performance on July 27. Tickets are $24-$29. For tickets and info, call 822-9667.