A star turn performance and exquisite production values make "Tea at Five" a sure-fire hit at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
Stephanie Zimbalist, known for her 94-episode run as Laura Holt on the "Remington Steele" television series, brings to life legendary Oscar-winner Katharine Hepburn with an uncanny air in this single actor bio-play.
Of course the physical likeness and Hepburn's trademark vocal quality and inflections are on display, but Zimbalist's power lies in her ability to fully inhabit Hepburn's devil-may-care personality.
Playwright Matthew Lombardo's smart and engaging script takes us from 1938 as Hepburn awaits word on the final casting selection for the role of Scarlett O'Hara to 1983 where we witness the sunset of her health and career.
Along the way, Lombardo treats us to a variety of incidents, both familiar and heretofore unknown, from Hepburn's life.
Her family, her loves, her heartaches, her hits, her flops—it's a treasure trove of insight to a woman who lived life on her own terms regardless of society's judgments.