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October 04, 2001|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Jean Stapleton as Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt is back in Washington - at least in spirit. Capturing that spirit is Jean Stapleton in Rhoda Lerman's one-woman show, Eleanor: Her Secret Journey , which opens at Arena Stage in Washington tomorrow.

Best known as Edith Bunker in the long-running TV series All in the Family, Stapleton first played the famed first lady in a 1982 CBS-TV movie, which was based on a story by Lerman.

The stage play is, in turn, based on Lerman's 1979 novel, Eleanor. Directed by Broadway veteran John Tillinger and set in 1945, the play focuses on the title character's reflections after her husband's death.

Show times at Arena, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays (including tonight's final preview), Saturdays and selected Fridays; selected matinees 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, noon Tuesdays and Wednesdays; through Nov. 18. Tickets are $32-$49. Call 202-488-3300.

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