APR. 5, 2002
Long before Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock (no kin to Bob) lit up the screen with their sparkling incandescence, Austin’s Hollywood hometown hero was Zachary Scott. If you don’t sleep with your teeth in a glass on your nightstand, it’s unlikely that you’ve seen much, if any of Scott’s work, but for those whippersnappers whose cinematic knowledge borders on the psychotic, films like “Mildred Pierce” and “The Southerner” are well traveled territory. Zachary Scott died young in 1965, and in 1972 his sister Mary Lewis Kleberg made a donation to the Austin Civic Theatre with the stipulation that it be renamed in honor of Scott. Fortunately, Zach Scott has been an active and vital participant in Austin’s theatre community and continues to be so under the capable leadership of Dave Steakly, the theatre’s Zachary Scott expert and Artistic Director. This week you can celebrate a belated April Fool’s at Zach Scott with the Flaming Idiots, a trio of juggling, flame-throwing, audience climbing slapstickers who recently spent two months on Broadway and have appeared on The Late Show with Jay Leno as well the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Word has it that their leaf blower routine is to die for, so treat yourself or maybe that co-worker you’ve had a crush on.