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  Becoming Dr. Ruth at Theater J

Becoming Dr. Ruth

Theater J
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering and straight-talking radio and TV sex therapist. But few know the truly incredible journey that preceded it, which included a desperate escape from the Nazis as a child, wartime service as an Israeli sniper and struggles as a single mother in America. In Becoming Dr. Ruth: An Unexpected Journey, Naomi Jacobsen tells Dr. Ruth Westheimer's story with warmth and humor, charting the unlikely path that led her to become America's favorite sex therapist. This revealing one-woman performance comes to Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC in Washington, D.C.

Thru - Mar 18, 2018

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Washington Post - Recommended

"...The information parade is just functional enough for Jacobson to jolt it alive. By the time Westheimer finally becomes Dr. Ruth and starts doling out advice over the radio, the disarmingly frank guidance has us laughing with relief, and Jacobson’s perky, no-nonsense turn has us believing all over again in this diminutive survivor’s singular star power."
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Nelson Pressley

MetroWeekly - Highly Recommended

"...The stacks of matte white-painted moving boxes comprising the set for Theater J’s Becoming Dr. Ruth would appear at first glance to denote too literal a take on the concept of unpacking a complicated life. But stashed inside those nondescript boxes are secrets and keepsakes representing more history than one life could contain. Ultimately, playwright Mark St. Germain doesn’t stray too far outside those boxes, but he illuminates in ways both poignant and unexpected the remarkable true story of consummate survivor Karola Siegel."

Andre Hereford

BroadwayWorld - Recommended

"...Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer's true life story of becoming "America's favorite sex therapist" is a fascinating and unlikely one. Naomi Jacobson portrays Dr. Westheimer with charm and vigor in the one-woman show Becoming Dr. Ruth at Theatre J, combining autobiography with a broader tale of Jewish origins and identity."
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Barbara Johnson

DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended

"...Becoming Dr. Ruth will be a lovely night out for those who recall Dr. Ruth from their own youth, when they may have had the sound of a radio on low so their parents would not hear, or sound on high in a dorm room, or nudging a spouse or partner to try something that Dr. Ruth mentioned."
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David Siegel

MD Theatre Guide - Highly Recommended

"...In her very first one-woman show, the incomparable Naomi Jacobsen stars as Dr. Ruth herself. Jacobsen perfectly embodies Dr. Ruth's intelligent and heartfelt spirit. She seamlessly switches between the differing time periods and the different voices of the character, creating a performance that is captivating from start to finish. Jacobsen is one of DC's favorite actors, a company member with Woolly Mammoth and an Affiliated Artist with Shakespeare Theatre Company, and her career with Theater J has spanned 16 years."
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Stephanie House

DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

"...Becoming Dr. Ruth is a job well done by all — the 90 minutes nearly fly by filled with lessons delivered with humor and a twinkling assurance that with hope and optimism, everything will indeed, be okay."
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Debbie Minter Jackson

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