Peggy Guggenheim inherited a "mere" $2.5 million in 1919, but went on to become arguably the most prominent art collector of 20th century America. (The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York is named after her uncle.) Lanie Robertson's one-woman play about Peggy Guggenheim, Woman Before a Glass, earned star Mercedes Ruehl a 2005 Obie Award (the preeminent off-Broadway honor).
Now the show is back in a production starring Judy Rosenblatt (no stranger to the subject, having also appeared in Eve Wolf's Peggy Guggenheim Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors) and directed by Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning actor-director Austin Pendleton. The show opens May 13 at the Abingdon Theater in New York. Appropriately enough, Pendleton (as an actor) was most recently seen on the big screen in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Clearly, our fascination with it rarely nods off either.