Holland Taylor as Ann Richards--the Lone Star of ANN--Captivates the Audience at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.

Holland Taylor as Ann Richards--the Lone Star of ANN--Captivates the Audience at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.
Holland Taylor as ANN at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre. By Ave Bonar.

Chicago, Thursday, November 17, 2011.  The late Ann Richards who served as the feisty governor of the Lone Star State in the ’90’s, has been reincarnated for the stage in the no holds barred new play, ANN, both penned and performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor.   Taylor (of “Two and a Half-Men”, “The Practice” and more), complete with her “Texas Hair”, bears a striking and uncanny resemblance to the real Richards.  ANN which opened last night at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre for a limited 3-week engagement through December 4, 2011 presents a heartfelt examination of the life of Richards who packed a wallop and a whole lot of living into her 73 years on this planet.

ANN, the play, was born out of a four-year journey by Holland to understand what made Richards “tick.”  Taylor was methodical in her quest.  She interviewed over one hundred friends, family members and associates; watched countless hours of video coverage; and poured over reams of Richard’s personal and public papers at the University of Texas in order to put together this comprehensive portrait of the “tough as nails” “good as gold” “white hot” Texas Mama. The result of her research  is evident in the final product and is what makes both Taylor and the show shine.  Another reason the play works is that Taylor truly cares about Richards, admitting that she hopes that “Ann would like this”,  continuing “people loved to please her (Ann)…one of her children saying that to please her was to get hit with a million suns. So, of course, now I want to please her, too”, concludes Taylor.

The Broadway-bound ANN opens with Taylor at the podium of a Texas college where she is giving a speech to the graduates.  She recounts her life from its early beginnings–the influence of her father who filled her with confidence by telling her she was smart and could do anything she wanted to–while  her mother brought her back to terra firma with her often negative comments.  Taylor delivers the dialogue with a humor and wit that captures the sparkle and persona of the charismatic Richards.  The play continues with her rise to governor and relationships with the likes of the movers and shakers of politics including Bill Clinton before she returns to the podium for an improvised wrap.

Tickets and Show Information.

Individual tickets start as low as $20. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775‐2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations (including Hot Tix and select Carson Pirie Scott, Coconuts and fye stores), and online at Broadway in Chicago.

Groups of 15 or more may receive a discount on most shows by calling (312) 977‐1710. Gift certificates, which can be redeemed for any production or for season ticket packages, can be obtained at Broadway In Chicago box offices, online,  or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 775‐2000. Bank of America Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.) for a limited engagement of four weeks through December 4, 2011. Running time 2 hours and 20 minutes.

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