(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 11/17; via Pam Green.)

The theater community braved a seemingly endless downpour on Monday to celebrate the singular performer Elaine Stritch, who died in July at 89 after a career that spanned more than 60 years, many of them spent onstage, where she felt most at home, whether in New York or in London or on tour.

“Everybody Rise: A Celebration of Elaine Stritch,” at the Al Hirschfeld Theater, was “constructed” by George C. Wolfe, the former artistic director of the Public Theater who directed the celebrated one-woman show “Elaine Stritch at Liberty.” With a half-dozen live performances and more laughs than many a Broadway comedy — most courtesy of Ms. Stritch herself, whose comic acerbity was as outsize as her talent — the tribute was as much entertainment as it was a memorial.


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