Despite a disappointing run last year on Broadway, Matthew Lombardo's play "High" will return with star Kathleen Turner for a San Francisco engagement March 21-25.
Beleaguered by sluggish ticket sales and middling reviews, ''High'' -- the story of a relationship between a nun and a 19-year-old drug addict -- closed after eight regular performances, causing Perez Hilton, of all people, to fret over Turner's career.
But he worried too soon. The two-time Oscar and Tony nominee has been selling a certain journalist's fiery humor in "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" at the Geffen Playhouse since it opened Jan. 11, even if, as The Times' Charles McNulty pointed out, the script really isn't hot stuff.
Turner, he wrote, "has that same 'Do you really want to reckon with me, cowboy?' bravado that makes this straightforward tribute to Ivins ... diverting despite its pedestrian nature." Entertainment Weekly had higher praise for the show and its star, writing that Turner "fully embodies the late journalist" in a can't-miss performance.
No matter its troubles on Broadway, "High" nabbed Turner a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. Perhaps it'll find its heart in San Francisco. Tickets for the SHN Curran Theatre run go on sale on Friday.
Broadway's 'High,' starring Kathleen Turner, will shutter early
Kathleen Turner to portray journalist Molly Ivins at Geffen Playhouse
Theater review: 'Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins' at Geffen Playhouse
-- Margaret Wappler
Photo: Kathleen Turner stars as Molly Ivins in the "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" at Geffen Playhouse. Credit: Mark Garvin / Philadelphia Theatre Company production