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‘Robin: The Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute Experience’: Show celebrates legacy of beloved comic

September 1, 2018

Impressionist Roger Kabler celebrates the comedic genius of the late Robin Williams in a show at the Ridgefield Playhouse this month. “Robin: The Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute Experience,” will be onstage Friday, Sept. 14.

The show also features comedian and actor Bill Kirchenbauer, who appeared on television’s “Mork & Mindy,” which starred Williams as an alien who was sent to Earth to investigate and report back to his superiors.

Kirchenbauer also portrayed Coach Graham Lubbock on the series “Growing Pains,” starred in the spin-off series, “Just the Ten of Us,” and has been in such films as “The Story of Us” and “Airplane.”

Kabler, also known for his impressions of Robert De Niro and John Travolta, is a multitalented actor with a wide range of experience. He served as the Zima spokesman in national TV commercials and was a regular on the last Carol Burnett series.

He also starred in his own NBC sitcom, “Rhythm and Blues,” about a white guy who gets hired on a black radio station after being mistaken for a black man. In addition, he produced and starred in the award-winning movie, “Who the Hell is Bobby Roos?”

Williams is considered among the greatest comedians of our time and Kabler’s tribute show respects his memory and celebrates his legacy. Hilarious and emotionally powerful, it’s a production that gives fans another chance to laugh with the beloved entertainer who took his own life in 2014.

After Williams’ death, his widow revealed he suffered from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, which had become debilitating. A portion of the show’s proceeds will go to suicide prevention organizations.

Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge. Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. $30. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org

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