"Rest in peace, Colleen Donaghy. You were 87 years young, 14 in demon years, and you went out of this world like you came into it: wearing a hat."
"Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" is one of the best one-person shows I've ever seen. In fact, one of the best shows I've seen, period. Funny, raucous, sad, moving - she covered it all. Best parts: her story about being an understudy on Broadway and going back and forth between checking in at the theater every night and then going to Jersey to perform in a show where she had the 11:00 number; her story about drinking with Judy Garland ("Elaine, I never thought I'd say this, but... good night."); her tribute to her late husband. I will remember her for "Company," and "30 Rock," but mainly for that amazing show.Everybody, rise.
Such a great show - I saw it twice and have listened to the CD many times. She does cover everything, with that amazing combination of brashness and vulnerability. In addition to the highlights listed above, closing with "Something Good" from The Sound of Music, taking a hokey song and making it a profoundly touching moment. RIP.