Jeff Smith 12:15 p.m., April 24
Moonlight and Magnolias
Three weeks into the filming of Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick hired director Victor Fleming and famed script-doctor Ben Hecht to write a completely new script — in five days, locked in Selznick's office at MGM. Hecht was working on a Marx brothers movie at the time. Ron Hutchinson turns the event into a Marx brothers marathon farce. The comedy calls for increasingly broad strokes. Director Matt Thompson and his cast (Jim Chovick, Jonathan Sachs, Cris O'Bryon, Susan Clauson) break all the rules of "proper" acting but, no mean feat, they do it consistently. Hutchinson may tell only half the story truly. it's the other, loopier half that makes this an often funny show.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, June 23, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm
- "Moonlight and Magnolias at Scripps Ranch Theatre" (June 3, 2013)