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Valerie Harper reportedly shines on stage as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED. Tallulah Bankhead was the original Hollywood train wreck.

Looped is from the writer of the hit play Tea at Five!

The play’s description is reportedly as follows:

Looped tells the story of Tallulah Bankhead, the original celebrity bad girl, being called into a sound studio to “loop” one line of dialogue for what would be her last film. Southern, but by no means a belle, Ms. Bankhead was known for her wild partying that outshined even today’s superstars. Relish in the promiscuity, scandal and outrageous wit of this sultry-voiced stage and film star.

Reviews have been incredible.

Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times:

“Entertainment value is guaranteed! Valerie Harper brings Tallulah Bankhead’s outrageousness and glamour to life!”

Jay Reiner, The Hollywood Reporter:

“Harper has found the second role of a lifetime in Matthew Lombardo’s riveting new play!”

Bob Verini, Variety:

“Harper’s comedy chops eclipse even Tallulah’s!”

How bad was Tallulah? Says the Washington Post today:

“To start, Bankhead was a drunk. And a coke-head. She had affairs with both sexes and never gave a flip about discretion. She appalled studio heads in the 1930s and ’40s, refused to wear underwear and regularly answered her door buck naked.”

The production began touring earlier this year in California and is from playwright Matthew Lombardo.

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