Review of Crimes of the Heart at The Guthrie Theater

Quote of the Day:  We’ve just got to learn how to get through these real bad days here.  I mean, it’s getting to be a thing in our family. Meg, the middle sister in Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart, directed by Marcela Lorca, playing at The Guthrie Theater, May 3 – June 15, 2014. The Magrath sisters have had to deal with much tragedy in their young lives. Lenny, the oldest,  just turned 30, and she’s dealt with her mother’s suicide, her grandfather’s stroke, and her sister’s violent act and murder charges. Middle sister Meg, who is constantly searching for herself, shows up in all her artist, wounded angst, and Babe, the baby, is an emotional wreck. All of this is set in the backdrop of a little Mississippi town where prejudices, class, and your family’s history sticks with you like slugs from the marsh. Despite all the hardship, the sisters persevere in the humor that stems from the tragedy of life. Honestly, it’s a hilarious play with colorful characters, vivid dialogue, and zany scenes. There is a reason Beth Henley won the Pulitizer Prize for her first play in 1981. Has anyone seen the movie? I saw a community theatre production of this play at the Firehall Theatre in Grand Forks, ND, several years ago. The opening scene where cousin Chick Boyle enters and changes her pantyhose remains one...

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