Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence continues its 2010-2011 season with "Steel Magnolias," the touching comedy by Robert Harling that explores friendship, life's celebrations (and cruelties), and the therapeutic properties of a neighborhood hair salon. Directed by interim head of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Directing Program Brian Mertes, the production runs April 15 - May 15 in the Chace Theater.
On her wedding day, the beautiful Shelby (Madeleine Lambert, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA ’11) is a vision in pink, impatiently waiting on her up-do to be up-done so the rest of her life can unfold. Unfortunately, life has other plans for Shelby – and they aren’t all so rosy.
Although audiences are perhaps most familiar with the 1989 film version of "Steel Magnolias," director Brian Mertes is particularly drawn to the way that the play explores the sanctuary of Truvy’s Beauty Salon and the relationships of the fascinating women who meet there – without the presence of their male counterparts.
“This is one of those things that’s so great
about the play," he commented. "We’re in a special place
with these wonderful characters -- they have real stature, and presence
-- they’re people, in search of who they are.”
On Shelby’s wedding day, the town's shy newcomer Annelle
(Alexandra Lawrence, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA ’12)
comes into the shop, finding friendship just when she needs it most. As
the seasons change and the promise of Shelby’s future is overshadowed
by her ongoing struggle with diabetes, these friends band together with
an unflappable sense of humor and resilience.
Robert Harling graduated from Tulane University School of Law but opted to become an actor in New York. After years of productive work in voiceovers and commercials, he wrote "Steel Magnolias "(1987) in just ten days, inspired by events in his personal life. Bridging a career from stage to screen, Harling adapted his play for the 1989 film. He then went on to write the screenplays for "Soapdish" (1991), "The First Wives Club" (1996), "Evening Star" (1996) which he also directed, and "Laws of Attraction" (2004).
Talkbacks will be held after every performance. Audiences
are invited to share their response to the play’s production and
themes for approximately twenty minutes.
The show's first performance on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. is designated Pay What You Can. These tickets go on sale that night at 6:30 p.m., with a limit of one ticket per person.
-- OnStage Boston
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