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Arts in Motion presents 'Steel Magnolias' beginning May 20

At the Eastern Slope Playhouse

Arts In Motion will present “Steel Magnolias” on May 20 through 22 and May 27 through 30 at 8 p.m. at the Eastern Slope Playhouse in North Conway. (Courtesy Photo). (click for larger version)
May 13, 2010
The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (Shelby Noble) (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy (Alex Bradford) dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser (Pam MacDonald) ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for 40 years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee (Paula Sullivan Jones) who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn (Holly Reville), whose daughter, Shelby (Hanna Paven) (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy."

Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when the sudden realization of their mortality affects them all, but also draws on the underlying strength — and love — which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.

"Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving," said the NY Daily News, and the NY Post noted that the play is "…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy."

This spectacular production is directed by Barbara Spofford. It is a show every woman and man should see; you'll laugh and cry all at the same time. All seats are $15 and tickets can be purchased on line at artsinmotion theater.com or by calling 356-5776.

Klumb Environmenta;
Varney Smith
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