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Ann: An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2011

If there's a one characteristic that absolutely defines Texas politician Ann Richards as she's portrayed in this solo show by Holland Taylor, it's indominability. Not even death can shut her up. A shower of silver confetti rains down on Taylor's Richards, signifying her passing from cancer in 2006. But she keeps right on delivering down-home humor, pithy sayings, and canny observations unabated. There must be a half-dozen false endings in this strangely constructed two-and-a-half hour piece taking Richards from impoverished beginnings through alcoholism and divorce to glory as the pro-choice, anti-handgun, execution-staying governor of the Lone Star State. Taylor clearly can't bear to stop. I think she wants to give us the maximum possible dose of this classic New Deal Democrat, in the hope that Richards's subtlety of mind and generosity of heart will immunize us against the Rick Perrys and Michele Bachmanns of this vicious season. So it's all in a good cause. And the fact that Taylor is brilliant onstage helps considerably. —Tony Adler

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