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TheaterWorks' New Play Examines the Life of Dr. Ruth

By Michael Hamad

12:20 PM EDT, May 28, 2013

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If you grew up in the '70s and '80s, you remember Dr. Ruth Westheimer: the fast-talking, ever-smiling, diminutive sex therapist with the heavy accent, whose frank shop-talk about what goes on under the covers satisfied scores of television viewers. Until July 7, TheaterWorks presents Becoming Dr. Ruth, a play starring Debra Jo Rupp (pictured), who'll be familiar to fans of the long-running television series That '70s Show. Rupp takes the audience through Westheimer's remarkable journey to household-name-hood, including tales of her fleeing the Nazi Kindertransport and serving as a sniper in Jerusalem.

 

Becoming Dr. Ruth

May 31-July 7, $13-$50, Theaterworks at City Arts on Pearl, 233 Pearl St., Hartford, (860) 527-7838, theaterworkshartford.org.