Friday, April 2, 2010

Kathleen Turner as Molly Ivins

Oh, I wish I could see this but have no idea how I can! It looks wonderful, and I loved and miss Molly Ivins. Read the article HERE. This is an excerpt from it.
"Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" had its world premiere Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Theatre Company. On a sparse stage set that feels like a newspaper boneyard, Turner traverses the complex life of an American original: A privileged upbringing (deb parties, Smith College, good French), a domineering daddy (a price-fixing Big Oil lawyer called The General) and a cultivated yet ditzy mama; a 6-foot physique that made her feel like "a Clydesdale among greyhounds"; two lovers who died young (one in a motorcycle wreck, the other in Vietnam, the first war she loathed and opposed, before Iraq); great jobs (The Texas Observer, her "gateway drug"); awful jobs (The New York Times, where editors were "mice training to be rats"); the God Bless 'Em Godawful Texas Legislature; her beloved dog (named "S---" for her perverse pleasure in shouting the name indoors and out); and her own mortality at 62, after three bouts of breast cancer with a generous side of cigarettes and booze.

This play is not a recitation of Molly Ivins' greatest hits, her celebrated zingers, rants and civic sermons delivered over 40 years. Still, one ought to know it was she who dubbed as "Shrub" George Dubya Bush, and who said of Pat Buchanan's red-meat, right-wing speech at the 1992 Republican Convention, "It probably sounded better in the original German." If it's a full Ivins immersion you seek, listen to all of her audio books.


Laynie said...

I cried for days when I heard she died. Maybe we can keep our fingers crossed for TPAC:

"It opens in Philly on March 19 to April 18 at the Philadelphia Theater Company. With good reviews, it will doubtless come to Broadway and then go all over the country."

With Kathleen Turner as Molly, how can it NOT get good reviews?

mrs. miss alaineus said...

i will have to check some of those audio books out!


Joy said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for TPAC!

Joy said...

I've read her books and listened to her audio books, too. Well worth it Mrs. Miss A!