Kathleen Turner will come to town this spring to star in the world premiere of the one-woman play Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins with the Philadelphia Theatre Company.

The play, by journalists/sisters Margaret Engel and Allison Engel and directed by David Esbjornson (The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan), has a run set for March 19 to April 18 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, replacing Mauritius on the schedule. It's been postponed.

Red Hot Patriot is based on the writings of Ivins, the brassy, Texas-bred syndicated columnist who died of breast cancer in 2007. She and Turner share a striking resemblance, and it's possible that Turner can channel her role as the irascible boss Sue Collini in Showtime's Californication.

Turner, the film star whose last Broadway role was a Tony-nominated turn opposite Bill Irwin in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2005, did a staged reading of the Ivins play in August at Arena Stage's temporary theater in Arlington, Va.