In Matthew Lombardo’s ‘Looped,’ Stefanie Powers plays hard-living legend Tallulah Bankhead

Stefanie Powers plays Tallulah Bankhead in “Looped,’’ at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Stefanie Powers plays Tallulah Bankhead in “Looped,’’ at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.Credit: Ian Ibbetson

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Their verbosity and omnipresence on multiple media platforms notwithstanding, we don’t expect our celebrities to be particularly witty. Quick, think of a genuinely clever quip by Taylor Swift, Ryan Seacrest, or Lindsay Lohan. Impossible, isn’t it?

Tallulah Bankhead was the genuine article. She would have thrived in the age of Twitter.

Tallulah swept grandly through her defiantly messy life, leaving a trail of memorable one-liners, apercus, and epigrams: “I’m as pure as the driven slush.’’ “I read Shakespeare and the Bible, and I can shoot dice. That’s what I call a liberal education.’’

Now Stefanie Powers, who costarred with Bankhead in the 1965 B-movie “Die! Die! My Darling!,’’ is portraying Tallulah, and pretty delectably, too, in Matthew Lombardo’s “Looped.’’

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