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Becoming Dr. Ruth

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati presents

Becoming Dr. Ruth

By Mark St. Germain

Not Currently Playing
Rosenthal Shelterhouse

About the Show

Many of us know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as America’s favorite sex therapist in the 1980s and ‘90s. She opened our eyes to a new way of viewing ourselves and our relationships — but few of us have heard the story of this remarkable woman’s journey. In this heartwarming portrait, Dr. Ruth narrates the harrowing and fascinating details of her life from the tragic separation of her family during the Holocaust to her experiences as an Israeli sniper to her struggles with balancing work, higher education and single motherhood in America. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous, affectionate and illuminating one-woman show that’s full of grit and triumph.

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Recommended for adult and teenage audiences. This one-woman show about America’s favorite sex therapist appropriately contains discussion of healthy sex and sexuality, while also covering other mature topics. Much like Dr. Ruth, these topics are addressed with a cheerful and disarming tone.

Running Time

The show runs approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.


View Program

You can view the Digital Program now online. QR codes will also be around the theatre for quick access, as well as printed programs.


Digital Program




Humor and Grit

Director Stephen Nachamie shares his take on Becoming Dr. Ruth and the indomitable woman at the center of the story. 

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You're On The Air With Dr. Ruth

In Becoming Dr. Ruth, an illuminating one-woman show presented by The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Dr. Ruth narrates the harrowing details of her life, one riveting chapter at a time. Read More





Anne O'Sullivan

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

Mark St. Germain


Stephen Nachamie


Brian Prather

Set Designer

Gordon DeVinney

Costume Designer

Amber Whatley

Lighting Designer

Fabian Obispo

Sound Designer

Brooke Redler

Stage Manager




Promotional photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.
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