Steel Magnolias Bloom Tonight

Shelby and Truvy banter in the first act of Steel Magnolias scheduled to begin its run in Greenville, Texas tonight at 7 PM. Image by Jim Satterwhite

Robert Harling wrote the play, Steel Magnolias, in 1987. The play and later film are about the bond a group of women shares in a small-town Southern community, and how they cope with the death of one of their own.
The story is based on the author’s real-life experience of the death of his sister, Susan Harling Robinson, in 1985 due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. He changed his sister’s name in the story from Susan to Shelby.
The title suggests the main female characters can be both as delicate as the magnolia flower, and as tough as steel.
The Director, Pip Bickford wrote in the program, “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. Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), Truvy’s new assistant, listens as the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich and famous. The town’s curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); 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.”
The play is loaded with Southern Humor and a sense of tragedy. One comment to Pip overheard in conversation during intermission, “You know a play (even in dress rehearsal) is good if it brings a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.”
Tickets are just $20 each at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium. This will be a fun weekend as the magnolias bloom in Greenville.

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