Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kathleen Turner resurrects Molly Ivins

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins had its world premiere last night at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and it starred Kathleen Turner in the lead role. The play apparently sidesteps some of more obvious quotes of the often quoted political columnist (one of the most famous included endowing George W. Bush with the nickname "Shrub"), and explores the lesser-known aspects of her vibrant life.

Turner's a pretty good pick for the role (when has she not played her gin-voiced characters with fiery bite?), and they even look alike.


Ivins was born in 1967 and died in 2007. Missoula readers got a taste for her searing wit and no-nonsense political commentary for several years during which the Independent published her syndicated column. More recently, we reviewed her biography written by Bill Minutaglio and W. Michael Smith called Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life.

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