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2012 stage preview: More new shows

Looks at ”Red Hot Patriot” in L.A., plus Broadway’s ”The Road to Mecca,” and ”The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”

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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
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
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