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Suwannee Valley Players announces its upcoming production of "Crimes of the Heart," a comedy/drama by Beth Henley and directed by Andy Kidd.
Show dates are May 27-29 and June 3-5. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. Shows are at the Chief Theatre, 25 E. Park Ave., Chiefland.
The story behind Crimes of the Heart is set in Hazlehurst, Miss., where the three Magrath sisters gather to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach.
Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her.
In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future, but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
This play is the winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
For more information, call 352-493-ARTS or by email at SVPlayers@gmail.com.