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Feldshuh plans an L.A. ‘Golda’

Tovah Feldshuh, who received a Tony Award nomination this year for her portrayal of Israeli prime minister Golda Meir (and 29 other characters) in William Gibson’s one-woman play “Golda’s Balcony,” will leave the Broadway production in January and reprise her performance at the Wadsworth Theater in L.A., Feb. 1-20.

Reached by phone between her matinee and evening shows, Feldshuh noted that on Oct. 3 the show would become the longest-running one-woman show on Broadway, breaking the record set by the 1985-86 run of “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe” starring Lily Tomlin -- who, Feldshuh said, “was my inspiration to make each character in the play specific and highly differentiated.”

Co-presented by the Wadsworth and Geffen Playhouse, “Golda’s Balcony” will be the third offering in the playhouse’s 2004-2005 season.

Feldshuh has declined to be part of the show’s 2005 national tour, preferring not to commit to stage or film work after the Los Angeles engagement until her daughter graduates from high school.

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Lynne Heffley


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