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Review: Holland Taylor’s ‘Ann’ a sweet valentine

March 7, 2013 • Entertainment


This theater image released by The Hartman Group shows Holland Taylor as former Texas Gov. Ann Richards during a performance of “Ann.” (AP Photo/The Hartman Group)

NEW YORK (AP) — One important rule before putting on a one-person show must surely be to make sure you find someone who is already beloved. Actress Holland Taylor has found that in Ann Richards, the former Texas governor with the cotton candy hair and down-home humor.

“Ann,” which opened Thursday at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, is choppy in parts and sometimes loses focus, but cannot be denied as a moving valentine by a fully committed Taylor, who is also its writer. Taylor becomes Richards, somehow capturing that glint in the Texan’s eye, reveling in being her at her witty best.

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