OAKVILLE — Members of the Phoenix Stage Company will stage the popular story of women and friendships, “Steel Magnolias,” through May 11 at the theater in Oakville.
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, who is not sure whether or not she is still married, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby, 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, in the second act, the spunky Shelby, who is a diabetic, risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on their underlying strength.
Directed by Donna G. Storms, the cast includes Phoenix Stage Company veterans Chrissy Flynn as Truvy, Tory Richnavsky as M’Lynn and Teresa Alexandru as Annelle. Making their debuts are Lydia D. Babbitt as Clairee, Meghan Rickard as Shelby and Monica O’Brien as Ouiser
“Steel Magnolia” opens Saturday, with performances through May 11, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
The theater is located at 133 Main St. in Oakville.
Tickets are $23 general admission seating, and $20 for seniors, students and teachers. Group rates and fundraising rates are available. For information, go to http://www.phoenixstagecompany.orgor call 860-417-2505.