PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Feb. 15-21: Bridges Opens on Broadway and Elaine Stritch Hits the Big Screen

By Robert Simonson
21 Feb 2014


Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch gets more press in retirement than most actors get whilst in fervent industry. The New York Times seems to write a profile on the theatre great — who now lives in Michigan with her relatives — every other week.

Stritch's sandpaper voice and salty anecdotes will get a further workout in coming weeks. "Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me," the documentary film about the outspoken stage icon, premieres in New York City theatres, Feb. 21, with cities across the U.S. to follow.

The film is made by documentarist Chiemi Karasawa, who began following Stritch's public and personal life in February 2011. Alec Baldwin is executive producer of the film with Cheryl Wiesenfeld. "Shoot Me" includes interviews with a host of theatre vets who have worked with Stritch, including At Liberty collaborator George C. Wolfe, director Harold Prince and actors Cherry Jones and Nathan Lane.

The film will cover the usual highlights of Stritch's colorful life: Her career ups and downs, alcoholism and the loss of her husband, among other subjects.

Stritch said in a prepared statement, "It's a little frightening for people to get into your life that much, but I don't have anything to hide. So, I'm open." She can say that again.