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Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling
directed by Pauline Jodoin
Thurs.-Sat., June 8-24, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., June 24, 2:00 p.m.
The Davies Foundation Auditorium
52 Church St., Kingston, ON

Lorna Jodoin, Robyn Ableson, Naomi Greer-Ballance, Felicia Myronyk

Left to right: Lorna Jodoin, Robyn Ableson, Naomi Greer-Ballance, Felicia Myronyk

In Chinquapin, Louisiana, all the ladies who are anybody come to Truvy's beauty salon 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 shampoos and free advice.

Her select group of clients includes the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser Boudreau ("I'm not crazy, M'Lynn, I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years>". Miss Clairee ("The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.") is an eccentric millionaire who has a raging sweet tooth.

Aerin Kemp, Renée O'Farrell, Robyn Ableson

Left to right: Aerin Kemp, Renée O'Farrell, Robyn Ableson

The local social leader, M'Lynn, is preparing for the wedding of her daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), to Jackson, a "good ole boy." (She isn't sure about the pink decorations: "That sanctuary looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol.")

Steel Magnolias keeps the caustic one-liners coming, but there's more to the play than humour. As the title implies, these ladies can be as delicate as magnolias—and as tough as steel. When tragedy strikes, they draw on their underlying strength and love.

"The play's enduring relevancy likely stems from a combination of its strong female characters, its themes of the power of sisterhood, and its witty, memorable script."

- City Newspaper, Rochester NY

Steel Magnolias was Robert Harling's first play and premiered on Broadway in 1987. It became a movie in 1989, with the cast including Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley Maclaine, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts.

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Robert Harling

Robert Harling

Born in Dolthan, Ala., in 1951, Robert Harling earned a law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans before moving to New York, where he sold Broadway tickets and worked at a fast-food outlet while looking for acting jobs and shooting television commercials.

After his younger sister died of diabetes, he wrote a short story, which he then adapted into the play Steel Magnolias.

Harling also adapted the screenplay for Steel Magnolias and has written several other screenplays, including Soapdish, The First Wives Club and Laws of Attraction.

Admission $20 (plus Grand Theatre surcharge). Tickets available through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 530-2050 and online, until 2 p.m. on day of performance, and at the door on performance nights when available. Seniors and members $16 at the door on Thursdays only. Children and students $10.


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