(Howard Shapiro's article appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26.) 

Kathleen Turner captures the colorful Molly Ivins

If the apple never falls far from the tree, as common wisdom has it, no one told the razor-sharp commentator Molly Ivins. Or maybe someone did and – typical of Ivins – she laughed at the idea. Then disproved it.

Ivins was born into a well-to-do, conservative Republican family in Texas. She fell from the tree, brushed herself off, then walked away a head-held-high liberal, precisely as the spot-on Kathleen Turner plays her in the world premiere of Red Hot Patriot. Ivins delighted in challenging people who thought like her parents.


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