Actress Kathleen Turner isn't as loud or as imposing as the late Texas writer and humorist.
But when Turner, starring in the new one-woman play, "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins," kicks up her red cowboy boots, throws back her head, smiles and says drily, "I am known for my joie de vivre, as we say in Waco," she becomes Molly Ivins.
In a tour de force, Turner delivered an extraordinary performance as Ivins, who died in 2007 after a high-profile career as a liberal newspaper columnist and author.
"Thank God for Texas," says Turner as Ivins in the play. "It is a harmless perversion."
The world premiere, by longtime journalists and twin sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel, had a nearly sold-out five-week run at the Philadelphia Theatre Company's Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
Ivins' strength as a writer was her humor and sense of outrage at injustice, and the authors do a good job of using her anecdotes and celebrated sayings, although the narrative is, at times, disjointed.
Maria Recio, M Clatchy Newspapers