Vivien Leigh was one of the most talented and beautiful women of her time. She gave two legendary performances on film, Scarlett O'Hara and Blanche DuBois, winning an Oscar for both, but her real talent was for the stage, where she spent 30 years as the undisputed queen of English theater. Unfortunately, her personal life was as tumultuous as her professional life was illustrious. She was prone to falling in love with her leading men, including Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty. She left her first husband for Laurence Olivier. The two were the English theater's leading couple on and off stage until their divorce. Eventually, suffering from health and mental problems, she sacrificed everything in pursuit of her art. Her volatile, romantic, tragic, glorious story is captured in the new Edge Theatre production, the romantic comedy Viv! (The Story Behind the Legend of Vivien Leigh) by frequent Houston Press contributor Jim Tommaney. Tyrrell Woolbert plays Vivien Leigh, and James R. Monaghan is the devoted fan who brings her back from the afterlife to set the record straight.
Houston, TX 77004
Category: Community Venues
Region: Third Ward
For information, call 832-894-1843.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Nov. 30. Continues through Dec. 16, 2012