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Matthew Lombardo
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LOOPED depicts an actual 1965 recording session in which an intoxicated Tallulah Bankhead required eight hours to dub a single line from her final movie Die! Die! My Darling! while antagonizing the film editor assigned to the job.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Entertainment guaranteed!” —Los Angeles Times

“Matthew Lombardo’s riveting new play is as funny as it gets in theatre! … A seductive, funny and frequently moving piece.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“Howlingly funny! … Fun, touching and exceedingly funny! A must see!” —Pasadena Star News

“Hilarious!” —LA Weekly

“This play is a masterpiece!” —Santa Monica Press

“Scores of zingers, one-liners, retorts and anecdotes leaves the audience roaring so loud the actors often struggle to be heard!” —Daily Variety

“A+ … Matthew Lombardo’s brilliant script crackles with a number of zingy one-liners! His screamingly funny play will have you rolling in the aisles!” —Palm Beach Post

“A raucous comedy! Lombardo has penned a hysterically funny script with serious undertones that features a cascade of PG-rated zingers, R-rated retorts and X-rated anecdotes.” —Sun Sentinel

“Fours stars! … A terrific play! The biting wit is bawdy and hysterical! May LOOPED live on and on. I’ll drink to that.” —The Washingtonian

“Pure theatrical magic! Scathingly funny! Deliciously inappropriate. Sometimes, the saying goes, you have to laugh to keep from crying. Try to fight either as hard as you can. You will end up doing both.” —The Washington Times

About the Author


  • Matthew Lombardo

    MATTHEW LOMBARDO (Playwright) Broadway: HIGH (w/ Kathleen Turner) at the Booth Theatre and LOOPED (w/ Valerie Harper in a Tony-nominated performance) at the Lyceum Theatre. Off-Broadway: WHO'S HOLIDAY! at The Westside Theatre (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show); TEA AT FIVE (w/ Kate Mulgrew) at the Promenade Theatre (IRNE Award for Best Solo Play) MOTHER AND CHILD (w/ Ann Wedgeworth) at Second Stage and GUILTY INNOCENCE at The Actors' Playhouse. Television: "Another World" (WGA nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Writing). Regional: Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Seattle Rep, and others. Upcoming: WHEN PLAYWRIGHTS KILL, and CONVERSATIONS WITH MOTHER.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 5/17/2018
Pages 68
ISBN 9780881457650

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

LOOPED was originally produced on Broadway
at the Lyceum Theatre on 19 February 2010

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Looped is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


8/5/2021 – 8/29/2021
The Human Race Theatre Company
Dayton, OH


2/21/2025 – 3/8/2025
Perth, Australia

11/21/2024 – 11/24/2024
Tampa, FL

10/6/2024 – 10/20/2024
San Diego, CA

6/21/2024 – 6/30/2024
Akron, OH

5/10/2024 – 5/26/2024
The Mount Players
Macedon, VIC, Australia

2/25/2024 – 2/26/2024
Hoogland Center For The Arts
Springfield, IL

11/21/2023 – 11/25/2023
Dauntless Theatre Company
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

11/9/2023 – 11/19/2023
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Westwego, LA

9/29/2023 – 10/7/2023
The Marsh River Theater
Brooks, ME

6/23/2023 – 7/1/2023
Drama Works Theatre Company
Old Saybrook, CT

5/2/2023 – 5/20/2023
Holden Street Theatres
Hindmarsh, SA, Australia

2/15/2023 – 3/12/2023
Windsor, VIC, Australia

3/23/2022 – 4/3/2022
Daniel Oconnell Prods
North Hollywood, CA

3/15/2022 – 3/26/2022
Fringe Theater
Key West, FL

10/28/2021 – 11/13/2021
The New Phoenix Theatre
Buffalo, NY

10/8/2021 – 10/24/2021
Garden Theatre
Winter Garden, FL

9/17/2021 – 10/23/2021
Riverfront Playhouse
Aurora, IL

9/15/2021 – 9/26/2021
Invisible Theatre
Tucson, AZ

7/8/2021 – 7/18/2021
Theatre On The Ridge
Paradise, CA

4/16/2021 – 5/1/2021
Geelong Repertory Theatre Co. Inc.
Geelong, VIC, Australia

2/21/2020 – 3/21/2020
Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
Berlin, CT

2/14/2020 – 3/7/2020
The Guild Theatre Limited
Rockdale, NSW, Australia

11/9/2019 – 12/15/2019
Vintage Theatre
Aurora, CO

3/28/2019 – 2/28/2019
Looped Productions Nola
New Orleans, LA

1/18/2019 – 2/10/2019
Desert Rose Productions Inc
Rancho Mirage, CA

12/6/2018 – 1/31/2019
Looped Productions Nola
New Orleans, LA