Of course, much of the fun of our visit lies in her reading of some of the choicer letters answered during the first 20 years of her counseling career (though I suspect there’s at least one ringer from later). In search of these missives, Clayman’s Lederer, under Daniel Gidron’s busy direction, bustles from box to box and file to file as she strides about Brynna Bloomfield’s skeletal representation of posh if correspondence-cluttered digs, stopping now and again to commune with the fur coat slung across a chair (in July?) to represent better times with her beloved and generous spouse. Confidingly, she reads them to us with snap, sympathy, and the occasional raised eyebrow that asks, “Do you believe this?” Bottom line is, she usually does — and even when pushed from behind her typewriter into the ranks of the lovelorn, she obviously adores her role as Jewish mother turned worldwide Ms. Fix-It.
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