A couple of highly anticipated stage productions about real life characters are headed our way, and tonight you can get a sneak peek of both.
Emmy-winning actress Holland Taylor (whose resume runs the gamut from “Legally Blonde” to “The Truman Show” and “Bosom Buddies” to “Two and a Half Men”) is in town for the one-woman show “Ann” at the Kennedy Center. The play focuses on Ann Richards, a brassy southerner who became governor of Texas despite such potential setbacks as being a recovering alcoholic and a female Democrat. While the show doesn’t kick off until Dec. 17, tonight Taylor will be at the Theatre Lab for a two-hour discussion and Q&A about her colorful career.
The promising show “Red,” meanwhile, arrives at Arena Stage in mid-January. The production, which stars local stage dynamo Edward Gero (who portrayed the demon barber in Signature’s “Sweeney Todd” and is currently bah humbug-ing in “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theater), takes a deep dive into the psyche of troubled painter Mark Rothko.
Gero reads excerpts of the production tonight during Phillips After 5, which means you can get a taste of the painter’s life before checking out some of his masterpieces, part of the museum’s permanent collection.