Marcy Lafferty's melancholy one-woman show about the
British actress who made her mark first as Scarlett O'Hara and then as the lover and wife
of Sir Laurence Olivier is surprisingly informative and very moving. Under John Edw.
Blankenchip's well-choreographed direction, Lafferty is captivating as the aging legend
who suffered as much as she triumphed. Leigh married young and had a daughter
just nine months after the nuptials, but upon meeting the married Olivier, she left her
husband and child to begin an illicit affair that almost cost her the role of a lifetime.
However, after fighting for it for two years, she refused to acquiesce to pressure from
studio moralists. Years later though, Leigh would have to face much worse. She suffered
from severe manic depression and succumbed to the dark side of her soul - whoring in poor
districts of London and acting out all of her aggressions and desires. It's in these
moments where Lafferty ultimately succeeds in painting the intensely harrowing portrait of
a woman in despair...