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Village Theatre

Crimes of the Heart

January 21–February 28, 2016
Francis J. Gaudette Theatre

Brenda Joyner (Meg), Rhonda J. Soikowski (Lenny), and Sydney Andrews (Babe). Crimes of the Heart Production photo. © 2016 Mark Kitaoka.

It’s 1974 in rural Mississippi, and Babe Magrath is having a bad day. She didn’t like the way her husband looked, and so…she shot him. Needless to say, he’s not too happy about it. Now out on bail, Babe reunites with her two sisters to make sense of their most recent misfortunes. Meg is back from a failed career in the music industry. Lenny is lamenting her forgotten 30th birthday. Their mother is dead, and so is the cat, and so too, nearly, is Granddaddy—not to mention their horse, who has just been hit by lightning. But not all is bad, and the sisters find plenty to laugh about as they navigate the troubled world they may or may not have brought upon themselves.

Crimes of the Heart is Beth Henley’s brilliant dark comedy, called “a pure vein of Southern gothic humor” by The New York Times. Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Henley later adapted the story into a film starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, and Sissy Spacek. Now, three talented local actresses step into the roles of the eccentric Magrath sisters under the affectionate direction of Kathryn Van Meter (Mary Poppins). Don’t miss this charming and hilarious portrait of women in the South and the crimes of the heart that can only be shared between sisters.