Actress Holland Taylor's portrayal of Ann Richards, the brassy blue governor of the red state of Texas, made its Broadway debut Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
The one-woman show, simply titled "Ann," spans Richards' Depression-era Texas youth and her rise from housewife to outspoken political powerhouse.
Taylor, who also penned the play, spent four years researching "Ann," which also marks the Emmy-winning actress' return to Broadway after three decades.
"I knew I had to get the persona, what made everybody so nuts for her, rather than the policy or the politics," Taylor recently told The Times. "I'm not writing history. I'm spotty on actual information. But I knew if I got her essence, then I'd get what she stood for, because that's what drove her, what made the connections through the heart."
The first reviews from New York were mixed: Critics enjoyed seeing the late governor's larger-than-life persona back in the spotlight, but felt the story of "Ann" was short on depth.