A STORY OF LOVE AND STRENGTH

Set in a small town in Louisiana, “Steel Magnolias” shows the bond between a group of Southern women who frequent the local beauty salon on Saturday mornings. The play opens on a warm Summer day as Shelby, the prettiest girl in town, is about to be married.  The ladies catch up on the news of the day as they prepare for the big wedding.  Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play takes on a more serious tone when Shelby, a diabetic, deals with a risky pregnancy.  The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, 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.

This is the first play from Robert Harling and was met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York’s WPA Theatre. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beauty parlor, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

“Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue …The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving.” —NY Daily News.

“…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South…Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one.” —Drama-Logue

“…suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy.” —NY Post

THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL!

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Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

THE POPULAR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL!

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Follow the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first in charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead nuns – loving stored in the kitchen freezer –to bury! The nuns decide to put on a benefit show in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret.

NEIL SIMON’S ROMANTIC COMEDY

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Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word.  He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick.  Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job.  After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Mr. Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.  Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it.  He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous.  Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start….

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