'Ann' ★★★

"A funny woman is tricky in politics, you know," says Holland Taylor's knowing Ann Richards, delivering the graduation speech at an imaginary Texas college. Taylor (best known for her television work on "Two and a Half Men") and her director, Benjamin Endsley Klein, make an effective transition from that framing speech to Richards sitting in her office as the governor of Texas in the 1990s, working the many phone lines, but they haven't figured out the whole narrative arc of this Broadway-aimed show."Ann," though, is a labor of love and this bravura solo performance is clearly attendant to every authentic detail, wrapped up with an innate sense of  Richards' indomitable spirit.
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 Through Dec. 4 at the  Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.; $20-$85 at 800-775-2000 and broadwayinchicago.com</i>

( November 17, 2011 )

"A funny woman is tricky in politics, you know," says Holland Taylor's knowing Ann Richards, delivering the graduation speech at an imaginary Texas college. Taylor (best known for her television work on "Two and a Half Men") and her director, Benjamin Endsley Klein, make an effective transition from that framing speech to Richards sitting in her office as the governor of Texas in the 1990s, working the many phone lines, but they haven't figured out the whole narrative arc of this Broadway-aimed show."Ann," though, is a labor of love and this bravura solo performance is clearly attendant to every authentic detail, wrapped up with an innate sense of Richards' indomitable spirit.

Through Dec. 4 at the Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.; $20-$85 at 800-775-2000 and broadwayinchicago.com

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