Monty Clift’s Tortured Life Makes For Cracked Stage Entertainment


Montgomery Clift was the original Lindsay Lohan—he was the first uninsurable actor in Hollywood! On top of that, Marilyn Monroe said he was the only person more screwed up than she was, and that was extremely screwed up, folks. He, of course, was the brooding, beautiful star of films like From Here to Eternity and A Place in the Sun who was deeply tortured and who suffered for his craft (not to mention from a car accident). So there’s no doubt that Monty’s life would make for a riveting drama. And sure enough, here comes the play: The Rarest of Birds, coming to the Wings Theatre starting June 1.

Says the release: “He spoke six languages. Elizabeth Taylor begged him to marry her. He was friends with Picasso, Matisse and Gertrude Stein… HE was Montgomery Clift, the subject of an upcoming play penned by playwright and actor John Lisbon Wood and starring Omar Prince…The show is a must see for students of cinema, the Golden Era of Hollywood, movie buffs and historians, archivists of gay life and all theater aficionados.” And even some straight people!

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 8, 2008

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