Jane Ridley is consistently engaging in Mark St. Germain’s chatty, informative solo play about Karola Siegel who morphed through Zionism and marriage into Ruth K. Westheimer and became an internationally celebrated sex therapist at age 50. Ridley treats us as her guests and regales us about Westheimer’s life in Germany, Switzerland, Israel, France, and the United States. We learn what gives the good doctor’s life texture and joy and see how humor and a positive attitude enhances survival, a subject Ruth Westheimer knows well. Time spent with Ridley’s Westheimer is well-spent.
A fan of Dr. Ruth or not, audiences will be taken with Ridley’s witty, congenial portrayal. Overall grade: A. Read more of Neal’s impressions >> [Walnut Street Theatre, Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut Street] November 17-December 27, 2015; walnutstreettheatre.org.