Tonight's episode (at 7:30; repeated on Friday night at 10:30, as well as at other times that remain -- even after a year on the job -- a total mystery to me) is a rebroadcast of the first interview we ever aired. My guest is Rita Moreno, who -- the more you find out about her -- only becomes more and more impressive. You can read my original blog item about her here.
Since that interview was taped, my wife and I had the great pleasure of seeing Rita in a beautiful production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie at the Berkeley Rep. She took the powerhouse role of Amanda, the overbearing mom, to surprising places: part burlesque, part realistic, but never pulling the play off its axis. A performer who can stretch from West Side Story's Anita to Williams's Amanda is a performer to be reckoned with.
Plus, she lives in Berkeley and is married to a Jew! What's not to like? ...
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