I met Sal when I first got out of grad school at an off-off B'way company at a church on E. 47th Street. I read for "Light up the Sky" and got a small part. Sal was in the company. I then played his niece in Ah, Wilderness. He was terrific. We formed a lasting friendship. He asked me to come out to Brooklyn and do Eleanor in "The Lion in Winter." I couldn't resist the offer! Robert Ginty, a former student of his, played Henry. He went on to some fame and fortune and died too young. A few years after Lion, Sal asked me to do Phyllis in "Follies," a favorite show of his and mine. We had a great time doing it. Sal and I remained good friends all these years. He was acerbic and quite witty,sort of an American Oscar Wilde. He was a wonderful teacher for his students, instilling them with self-worth and a love for theater.
Good night, dear friend. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.