EW Staff
January 20, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Red Hot Patriot
Los Angeles
In a sharp, apathy-shaking monologue, Kathleen Turner fully embodies the late ball-busting Texas political reporter Molly Ivins. (GeffenPlayhouse.com) A-Tanner Stransky

The Road to Mecca
Broadway
An unsatisfying revival of Athol Fugard’s ’84 drama about a widow-turned-avant-garde artist (Rosemary Harris) in rural South Africa. (Roundabouttheatre.org) CMelissa Rose Bernardo

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Broadway
Purists may scoff at the radical streamlining of the four-hour opera, but Audra McDonald is clear-voiced and radiant as Catfish Row’s tragic heroine, Bess. (Ticketmaster.com) B+Thom Geier

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