Rhoda in the House (Seats): Meeting Valerie Harper

My friend Natalie, who's in the theater biz, gets free tickets to all the Broadway shows. If I'm a good Blabber blogger, sometimes she invites me along. Last night, we were checking out the preview of the new play A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, and who was sitting behind us but Valerie Harper. You know -- Rhoda! It took all my restraint not to turn around during act one and say, "Oh, Mare" or ask her what it was like playing Jason Bateman's mom in Valerie. Now that was some good TV -- until Val quit the show and they changed the name to The Hogan Family. That's when it all slipped away. That damn Sandy Duncan... During intermission, I was introduced to Valerie and she gave me a big "Hi, Susan." Of course that's not exactly my name, but do you take Rhoda to task on a small technicality like that? I think not. The woman starred in the Mary Tyler Moore Show for God's sake -- she didn't need me correcting her. And I'm happy to report that Rhoda is looking good for 65. She has curly hair and was wearing glasses. And though she's typically the one making people laugh, the show was making her laugh -- and she was laughing louder and longer than anyone in the theater.As for the play, which starred Jill Clayburgh and Richard Thomas (John Boy on The Waltons), it was crazy. This brother and sister, who were adopted into the same family, announced they were in love. Then their bisexual brother, also adopted, professed his love for each of them. There was some making out between siblings. And the mother of all three was outed for having a lesbian love affair with the neighbor. You know, nothing wild. Just your typical, run-of-the-mill Broadway play.
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