Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kick-Ass Wit - Molly Ivins Remembered

 First time visit to  Stage West   theater in Fort Worth, and it won't be my last. This small venue off Vickery Boulevard is large in heart and quality. Pleasant staff, decent dinner at their Ol'Vic Cafe, local artists featured on the walls, and of course a show. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins was funny, well done, and a tour de force for actress Georgia Clinton. Kudos to the authors - Allison Engel and Margaret Engel.
The show opened with Ms.Ivins sitting with her feet up on her desk, chewing on her glasses, staring at the ceiling, and declaring, "This is writing. I'm writing." Indeed, as a writer, there are plenty of times when the feet are on the desk and words are churning in the head but not on the paper.

The show picked up steam and we were on a whirlwind tour of Molly Ivins' career, her sharp-tongue, her skewing of the political establishment, and her life wisdom. The woman lived hard, drank hard, and found her way in a man's world. Sadly, she died too soon from breast cancer. She wrote what she believed and followed up with facts - hard nosed reporting, fashioned columns of word magic, and kept us laughing.

Red Hot Patriot:The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. She is sorely missed, but nicely honored in this show.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a good role-model. The world longs for strong women.