La vida local

Let’s talk about sex: Dr. Ruth’s life chronicled on stage

 

At 85, Dr. Ruth Westheimer still has sex on the brain.

But don’t go to Becoming Dr. Ruth, the one-woman show at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale running through Sunday, expecting to hear how to have more fun in bed.

Westheimer is nowhere to be seen on stage; actress Debra Jo Rupp (the mom on That ’70s Show) puts on her best German accent to become Westheimer and tell her amazing, often harrowing life story.

“I’m so impressed by Debra,” says Westheimer from her home in New York City. “I think she really gets me.”

Before she was a celebrity and a sex therapist, Westheimer — born Karola Ruth Siegel in Frankfurt — experienced the Holocaust first hand. After her father was taken to a labor camp, the young girl was sent on a Kindertransport train to Switzerland. She eventually ended up in Jerusalem joining the Haganah paramilitary organization and becoming a sniper due to her height (around four foot seven at last check).

“I don’t think a lot of people knew these details about me,” says the author/ lecturer in her signature chirpy, cheery way. “But yes, it is pretty incredible.”

Indeed, the play isn’t all PG-rated. Rupp also goes into how Westheimer became the famed celebrity sex therapist and re-creates question and answer sessions from her advice radio show that began in NYC in 1980.

Still active and sharp, Dr. Ruth thinks the intimacy problems people experience haven’t changed all that much in the past 30 or so years.

The most universal issue? “Boredom.”

One bright spot for the clueless is the Internet: “You can really learn so much about sex online. It’s infinite.”

Tickets from $28; 954-462-0222, parkerplayhouse.com

Madeleine Marr

Follow @madeleinemarr on Twitter.

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  • Throwback Thursday

    What’s trending for Throwback Thursday/Flashback Friday: Selena Gomez and her Emmys jumpsuit

    Surprise, surprise: Selena Gomez was all smiles Sunday night at Variety’s pre-Emmys party. It was refreshing to see the sometimes-glum singer-actress actually looking happy for a change. Maybe the upbeat red silk jumpsuit Gomez had on lifted her spirits and took her mind off her wayward ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber. The high-neck, long-sleeve vintage-y get-up was a nice change from all the skin and cleavage exposed around town.

  •  

Black

    Celebrity birthdays on Aug 28

    Actor David Soul is 71. Actress Barbara Bach is 68. Singer Wayne Osmond is 63. Actor Daniel Stern is 57. Actress Jennifer Coolidge is 53. Director David Fincher is 52. Country singer Shania Twain is 49. Actor Jack Black is 45. Actor Jason Priestley is 45. Country singer LeAnn Rimes is 32. Actor Armie Hammer is 28. Rock singer Florence Welch is 28. Actor/singer Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) is 23. Actress Quvenzhane Wallis is 11. Reality star Alana Thompson (“Honey Boo Boo”) is 9.

  • At the movies

    Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan in ‘The November Man’

    You want a suave, dashing and debonair movie star?

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category