Play made popular by 1989 film will show April 11, 13 and 14
LINDSAY – Different walks of life, the opposite sex, shyness, and sickness, are just a few things that can drive women away from one another, but none of them is as powerful as the friendship that keeps them close.
That’s the underlying theme of the play Steel Magnolias as performed at the Lindsay Community Theater. But there are only a few shows left to catch this popular play turned critically acclaimed film turned Broadway hit. Steel Magnolias will run for three more days in Lindsay with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 and 13 and at 2 p.m. on April 14.
Made popular by the powerhouse cast of actresses in the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias tells the story of Truvy Jones, who runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”), intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town.
Shelby’s engagement is the talk of the town, but the joy and excitement of her wedding quickly turn to concern as she faces a risky pregnancy and a myriad of health complications. Eventually, when Shelby dies from complications related to her diabetes, M’Lynn has to deal with the most difficult of life’s challenges: the loss of one’s only child. As the women of Chinquapin make their way over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another.
“You have no idea how wonderful you are,” M’Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, “Of course we do.”
Tickets are $9.99 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the theater’s website, lindsaycommunitytheater.com. For Online Ticketing problems call 1-800-901-7173 Opt 3.