In the 2001 Broadway season's If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Coming With You, Renee Taylor played herself most of the time, reliving her real marriage and stage-life shows with Joe Bologna. Jan. 11-12, she'll take on the persona of Israel prime minister Golda Meir in the West-Coast premiere of her one-woman show, An Evening with Golda Meir at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center. The performances will feature talk-backs with the actress in two benefits for the Hollygrove Children and Family Services.
Meir was Israel's Labor Party Secretary during the Six Days War of 1967 and later became the country's prime minister. She served in that capacity into 1974, leading Israel through 1973's Yom Kippur War. Problems with her cabinet and divisions in her party, however, led her to resign the prime ministry. Meir died in 1978. An Evening With Gold Meir visits the important moments in the woman politician's life, including the founding of Israel in 1945, Meir's immigration to America, her marriage to Morris Meyerson and her subsequent affairs with other men, her commitment to Zionism and her role in the Yom Kippur War.
Bologna directs Taylor. Aside from her writing and acting appearances in such plays as Bermuda Avenue Triangle, Lovers and Other Strangers and It Had to Be You, Taylor is perhaps best known for playing Fran Drescher's mom on "The Nanny."
There is a minimum donation of $25. The Lee Strasberg Creative Center is located at 7936 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. For reservations, call (323) 650-7777.
— By Christine Ehren