Becoming Dr. Ruth

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The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati presents

Becoming Dr. Ruth

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford

JAN. 09 - MARCH 07, 2021
Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre

Dates subject to change.


A one-woman 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.
Becoming Dr. Ruth is a co-production with Theater J.

“Naomi Jacobson shines as the indomitable Westheimer.” — The Washington Post
“An enjoyable tribute to a figure of popular culture who truly deserves it.” — TheaterMania


Becoming Dr. Ruth
is suitable 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.

Pictured: Naomi Jacobson as Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth at Theater J; Photo by Teresa Wood.




To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our safety focus on performances, we will be suspending our in-person, ancillary events for the 2020-21 season. This includes post-show opening night parties, Meet the Artists and Playhouse Perspectives. Stay tuned for virtual opportunities to engage with Playhouse artists.