In the second and best installment of “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour,” the follow-up to “I Love Lucy,” the guest star is Tallulah Bankhead, playing herself as a new neighbor of the Ricardos and Mertzes.
During a clash of temperaments, Lucy mockingly imitates Tallulah’s famed basso voice and “dahling”-peppered phrases, leading to this exchange:
Tallulah: “You do a revolting impression of me.”
Lucy: “So do you.”
There was a lot of truth in that funny scene, and it finds a telling echo in Matthew Lombardo’s entertaining play about Bankhead, “Looped,” currently onstage at the Hippodrome starring a persuasive Stefanie Powers.
Bankhead, a brilliant, if...