As is always the case at the Garry Marshall owned playhouse, the production values were excellent. The set transported the audience to the Hepburn family beach house in 1937. A film flop addled Hepburn was waiting for the big call—would she get the career reviving part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind?
We all know how that worked out. But we didn't know some of the more interesting details about Hepburn's personal life—her brother's tragic death, her failed marriage, and her conversation with Spencer Tracey's wife when he passed away.
Zimbalist pranced about the stage in Act 1, playing then 31-year-old Hepburn, with the physical agility of a star who seems destined for her mainstream comeback next season on Dancing with the Stars. But the beauty of her performance was how emotionally grounded she was as the guarded 77-year-old actress in Act 2.
If you're a fan of Hepburn of Zimbalist, Tea at Five will not disappoint. Credit is due to director Jenny Sullivan, as well.
For more information on the show, which runs through November 14, visit the Falcon Theatre website.
And don't miss out on the Falcon's always entertaining holiday show. This year they're mounting a production called The First Jo-el (as in Billy) from December 1 through January 16. Tickets go on sale on November 9.