Marilu Henner and Diane Rehm star as daughter and mother at Wednesday’s reading of "Surviving Grace" to support Alzheimer's research. (James R. Brantley)

Jokes about the incurable disease may not work on Broadway, but as a fundraising tool — boffo! The former sitcom writer (“Designing Women” ) and her tech-millionaire husband George, co-founders of USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network, hosted a reading of the first act Wednesday at the Phillips Collection and tapped VIP friends as the cast: WAMU’s Diane Rehm as Grace, the older woman whose mind starts to fail; Dan Glickman as her husband; ABC’s Terry Moran as the doctor/love interest; and actress Marilu Henner as Grace’s daughter.

Playwright Trish Vradenburg and husband George. (James R. Brantley)

The night raised $150,000; more readings are scheduled around the country.

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