Ruth Gordon

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Plays by Ruth Gordon

audio Adam's Rib

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

A classic battle of the sexes and a courtroom farce, this peerlessly witty examination of husband and wife attorneys was first crafted for Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Commissioned by L.A. Theatre Works, David Rambo includes never-before-heard original material in this adaptation of the Oscar-nominated screenplay by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Adam Arkin, Anne DeSalvo, Paul Eiding, Mary Pat Gleason, Annabelle Gurwitch, Anne Heche, Marvin Kaplan, Loren Lazerine, Robert Lesser, John Pankow, Amy Pietz.

Featuring: Adam Arkin, Anne DeSalvo, Paul Eiding, Mary Pat Gleason, Annabelle Gurwitch, Anne Heche, Marvin Kaplan, Loren Lazerine, Robert Lesser, John Pankow, Amy Pietz

Ruth Gordon (1896–1985) was an American actress and writer. She first appeared on stage in 1915 in Peter Pan but it wasn't until the 1930s that she attracted attention, for her roles in Ethan Frome (1936), The Country Wife (1936) – which she also played at the Old Vic, London – and A Doll's House (1937). In the 1940s she took time off to write her own plays: Over 21 (1944) and Years Ago (1946). Her idiosyncratic comedic style eventually lent itself perfectly to the role she made her own, the meddlesome matchmaker Dolly Levi, a part written for her by Thornton Wilder in The Matchmaker (1955). In the 1960s Gordon appeared in several oddball character roles in cult films, most notably Rosemary's Baby (1968), for which she won an Academy Award, and Harold and Maude (1971). Gordon also wrote three autobiographies and, with her second husband Garson Kanin, several screenplays. from Helen Rappaport, The Continnum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre, ed. Colin Chambers (London, 2002).