We got tickets to see Ann, a one woman show about former Texas Governor Ann Richards, written and performed by well-known television actress Holland Taylor. Taylor has been a television staple for over 20 years, including turns on television shows such as 2 1/2 Men, Bosom Buddies, and The Practice, and movies such as Romancing The Stone and The Truman Show.
(PLEASE NOTE: We received free tickets to the show, in hopes that I would write about it. Opinions expressed are not influenced by the free-ness of the tickets.)
Before I go on, let me just say how pleasant it is to go on a date with your wife! (well, my wife) We don't do it enough. We talk about doing it more, but it just doesn't happen. I need to find a way to make it happen more often.
We ate at a delicious Indian place near Columbus Circle called Sapphire. After dinner, we strolled over to Lincoln Center, did some people watching and just hanging around, and then into the theatre. (By the way, the show has been extended until September 1 so you can probably get great tickets via Ticket Liquidator.)
My wife really liked the show, and at the end about half of the crowd gave Holland Taylor a standing ovation. While I liked the show, and thought Holland Taylor did a brilliant job acting as Ann Richards, I wasn't quite feeling the love for the play as a whole. Here's why:
|Holland Taylor as Ann Richards Photo by Ave Bonar|
Unfortunately, we don't get clued in that she's dead at the onset, so it becomes a little weird at the end when she starts talking about her funeral. And about a third of the way through, they seem to abandon the premise of "speaking at a high school graduation" and suddenly she's in her office and doing all kinds of officey things. At the very end, they fly in the graduation set again, and I had a moment of cognitive dissonance when I realized that she was supposed to have been dead the whole time. I wish the director would have embraced the concept of her being dead a little more, and right from the get-go.
|Actual portrait of former Texas |
Governor Ann Richards, Dallas News
Ultimately, it was a pretty enjoyable evening at the theatre, and a memorable Ann-iversary.
Ann runs at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center through September 1.
Go to the play's website for more information: http://www.theannrichardsplay.com/.