On Saturday night, Jill Schafer of Cherry and Spoon came to see our production of Moonlight and Magnolias, here's what she had to say...
Although it became and still remains the highest grossing film of all time (adjusted for inflation), Gone with the Wind had an infamously difficult beginning. Producer David O. Selznick bought the rights to the popular book shortly after it was published in 1936, and spent years obsessing over every detail of the production, hiring and firing directors and screenwriters along the way.
The play Moonlight and Magnolias, which premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2004, imagines one week in this years-long process in which Selznick locks himself in his office along with screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming to rewrite the script after filming has already begun. The play is part hilarious look at Hollywood and what makes it tick, part recap of the popular movie, and part exploration of the balance between making a movie you can stand behind and giving the people what they want.
Lyric Arts' production is fast and funny, with a strong four-person cast that works and plays well together.
We highly recommend you read the full review as Jill provides some really good insight about the play as a whole piece of work.