LA Weekly

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 slept.gif (1179 bytes)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...

By Jeanne M. Allgood