Becoming Dr. Ruth Reviews
Washington Post- Recommended
"...The information parade is just functional enough for Jacobson to jolt it alive. By the time Westheimer finally becomes Dr. Ruth and starts doling out advice over the radio, the disarmingly frank guidance has us laughing with relief, and Jacobson’s perky, no-nonsense turn has us believing all over again in this diminutive survivor’s singular star power."
MetroWeekly- Highly Recommended
"...The stacks of matte white-painted moving boxes comprising the set for Theater J’s Becoming Dr. Ruth would appear at first glance to denote too literal a take on the concept of unpacking a complicated life. But stashed inside those nondescript boxes are secrets and keepsakes representing more history than one life could contain. Ultimately, playwright Mark St. Germain doesn’t stray too far outside those boxes, but he illuminates in ways both poignant and unexpected the remarkable true story of consummate survivor Karola Siegel."
"...Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer's true life story of becoming "America's favorite sex therapist" is a fascinating and unlikely one. Naomi Jacobson portrays Dr. Westheimer with charm and vigor in the one-woman show Becoming Dr. Ruth at Theatre J, combining autobiography with a broader tale of Jewish origins and identity."
DC Metro Theater Arts- Highly Recommended
"...Becoming Dr. Ruth will be a lovely night out for those who recall Dr. Ruth from their own youth, when they may have had the sound of a radio on low so their parents would not hear, or sound on high in a dorm room, or nudging a spouse or partner to try something that Dr. Ruth mentioned."
MD Theatre Guide- Highly Recommended
"...In her very first one-woman show, the incomparable Naomi Jacobsen stars as Dr. Ruth herself. Jacobsen perfectly embodies Dr. Ruth's intelligent and heartfelt spirit. She seamlessly switches between the differing time periods and the different voices of the character, creating a performance that is captivating from start to finish. Jacobsen is one of DC's favorite actors, a company member with Woolly Mammoth and an Affiliated Artist with Shakespeare Theatre Company, and her career with Theater J has spanned 16 years."
DCTheatreScene- Highly Recommended
"...Becoming Dr. Ruth is a job well done by all — the 90 minutes nearly fly by filled with lessons delivered with humor and a twinkling assurance that with hope and optimism, everything will indeed, be okay."