Kathleen Turner takes stage as Texas humorist Molly Ivins
Maria Recio reports for the McClatchy Newspapers
"PHILADELPHIA — Stage and screen star Kathleen Turner isn't as tall as Molly Ivins was. She 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 great tour de force, Turner delivers an extraordinary performance as Ivins, who passed away in 2007 after a high-profile career as a liberal newspaper columnist and author. Ivins was 62 when she died in Austin after several rounds with breast cancer.
She left behind a large body of work that had her signature Texas perspective.
"Thank God for Texas," says Turner as Ivins in the play. "It is a harmless perversion.""
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