Money Never Sleeps - Woman Before a Glass Revival

One-woman play about Peggy Guggenheim returning Off-Broadway.

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Peggy Guggenheim

How the rich fascinate us!  Those with enormous wealth -- especially inherited wealth -- are always compelling, especially in America, which has no official royalty to ogle.  And when high society intersects with high culture, well, there's no stopping us.

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.

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Jon Sobel is a freelance writer, web editor, theater and music critic, marketing writer, and musician. His newest project is the blog Park Odyssey, where he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City - over a thousand of them.

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