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And They Were Never Hungry Again: MAC’s “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell”

by Jennifer Johnson

Produced and directed by Andrea Croskery, Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, written Horst, Crowl and Croskeryby Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate, is loosely based on the collaboration between Gone with the Wind producer David Selznick (Joseph Horst), director Victor Fleming (Rick Croskery), and writer Ben Hecht (George Crowl) during the week they spent locked in Selznick’s office with only bananas, peanuts and coffee to sustain them while rewriting the film’s script. The comedy begins full force once it becomes clear Hecht has no idea what Mitchell’s novel is about, prompting Selznick and Fleming to act out the book.

Set in the late 1930’s, the play takes place in Selznick’s office laid out with period desk and chairs and bold geometric shapes reflecting the popular art deco style befitting the decade adorning the walls.

Though the cast is very small, characters drive the show.

Joseph Horst portrays the loud, arrogant and shrewd Selznick with a commanding passion showcasing the egocentric personality of a proud producer. His impression of Scarlett O’Hara, complete with high southern belle accent, is a highlight of the show. Rick Croskery as the director Fleming provides a clear contrast to Selznick’s over-the-top performance by acting out scenes in a deadpan manner. George Crowl excels at comedic timing and executing a sarcastic writerly wit.

With her cheeky disposition, Gloria Poorman gives an impressive performance as Selznick’s personal assistant, the mischievous Peabody. She especially delights the audience when the guys aren’t around, mimicking their mannerisms.

You don’t have to be familiar with the novel or the film to enjoy this play. The comedy is fast paced and high spirited, honoring the novel while gently mocking it.

You have three more chances to see the show at the Music Academy of Eastern North Carolina: June 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and the June 22 at 2:00 p.m.. Purchase tickets in advance ($12) online, by calling 888-622-3868, or at the door ($15).

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