August 9, 2018

Steel Magnolias / The Barter Theatre / Abingdon, Va.

A full length Comedy/Drama of a cast of 6 women.  The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done.  Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoo and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser,  (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for thirty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the  prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.”

 

Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life.  The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws the underlying strength-and love-which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

 

Cost per person is $99.00 and full payment is due when you sign up.  No refunds or cancellations after July 26, 2018. Lunch is included.

 

Pickups in Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Hickory