Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot

Opening night was a sell-out when MTC allowed local community groups to raise money through sale of tickets to Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot.  

Australia’s foremost contemporary dramatist, David Williamson’s “Scarlett O’Hara at the Crimson Parrot,”  is an enjoyable romantic comedy about a movie-struck klutz waiting on tables and dreaming of a fantasy love life.  Scarlett is just past her mid-30s and constantly nagged at home by a domineering and overly dependent monster-mom, Maureen.

Meanwhile at work, her accident-prone mishaps prompt “final-final” warnings from chef-boss Steve, who reluctantly keeps her on because she’s well-liked by the clientele at his under-patronized eatery specializing in exotic indigenous fare.

Scarlett’s self-deprecating quips and all-elbows body-language work their kooky charms on dorky customer Alan, who occasionally bolts from the restaurant without any apparent reason. Our daffy heroine, however, thinks she’s amorously destined for stressed-out Steve whose wife just left him.