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Becoming Dr. Ruth

Closed January 12, 2014

Inspiring and highly enjoyable - a design for living, as exemplified by a woman whose father told her always to be cheerful and happy. She learned that lesson well.

Anita Gates, The New York Times

Why See Becoming Dr. Ruth?

Becoming Dr. Ruth is a charming solo show about the world's favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and stars Debra Jo Rupp, the endearing mother from That 70s Show.

The play reveals the often incredible life events that led up to the start of her hugely successful radio show in 1980, a show which dished out sex advice to an adoring audience. Little did listener's know that there was a lot more to this four-foot, matronly therapist - Dr. Ruth grew up in Nazi Germany, fought in the Jewish underground army as a young adult, and has been married three times although she is currently single.

Written by Mark St. Germain, Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous and hope-filled journey through the events which helped Dr. Ruth become the remarkable women she is today.

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Previews from: 11 October 2013

Opening night: 29 October 2013


May not be suitable for younger audiences.

Run time

90 minutes with no intermission.

Cast and Creative


Debra Jo Rupp as Dr. Ruth


Written by Mark St. Germain
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Set Design by Brian Prather


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