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Combined with Marsha Norman's Pulitzer for 'night, mother, Henley helped to usher in a new era for southern women's play writing. A compelling play with five distinct characters, Crimes of the Heart is memorable drama.
Lenora "Lenny" McGrath is thirty and unmarried and living in her grandparents' Hazelhurst, Mississippi home. Brought up by h In Beth Henley won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her Crimes of the Heart, a three act character study about three sisters in small town Mississippi.
Brought up by her grandparents following her mother's suicide, as the only unmarried sister, Lenny feels that it is her duty to care for her aging grandfather. Even though she is just thirty and in the prime of her life, Lenny appears worn down by her years, acting as though she is in her fifties rather than her thirties.
Caring for her grandfather as well as dealing with rumors about both her sisters in a small town where everyone knows each other's business has aged her emotionally well beyond her years.
To top that off, she must constantly deal with her first cousin Chick, a busy body who enjoys putting everyone in their place.
While Lenny attempts to hold the family together, middle sister Meg has returned home amid rumors about their youngest sister Babe.
Both sisters have dealt with their share of issues in life, and, in their mid twenties, neither appears stable. Meg was supposed to be a star singer in Hollywood but could never handle breaking up with her boyfriend Doc, and on her return home, her life appears to be in disarray.
Yet, Meg's shortcomings are nothing to Babe's. Married to Zackary Bardette, Hazelhurst's top lawyer and senator, Babe is often lonely and in need of emotional acceptance.
March 2nd, – March 31st, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Saturday March 31, at 5pm only. Written by Beth Henley Directed by Steven Biggs. Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital/5(4). Crimes of the Heart has 6, ratings and 90 reviews. Brina said: In Beth Henley won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her Crimes of the Heart, a thr /5.
Starting an affair with fifteen year old Willie Jim, a colored boy, eventually leads Babe to shoot her husband and the town to start talking. Ironically, it is Meg who comforts Babe in this desperate hour and leads her out of immediate legal trouble.
Henley has created three strong, yet emotional unstable characters in Lenny, Meg, and Babe. Each sister has faced her share of hardships during her life, most notably the emotional baggage of their mother's suicide from which none has completely recovered twenty years later.
Coping in their own way by becoming a caregiver, running away, or marrying the town bigwig, each sister deals with the loss of their parents uniquely. The entire three act play occurs in Lenny's kitchen, adding to the suspense of the moment.
The room can be entered or exited from four directions, so one does not know where the action will come from next. Due to the nature of the set, Henley has written some asides and notes, but leaves the rest of off stage action for the audience to speculate about.
This setting combined with the strong characters has created a strong drama, worthy of its accolades. On the heals of its Pulitzer, Crimes of the Heart was nominated for the Tony award in A poignant character piece taking place in small town Mississippi, it is a play that I will remember for a long time.
Between Lenny, Meg, and Babe, the three women run the gamut of human emotions, creating a powerful drama that merited its Pulitzer.
Although not at the level of some of the other Pulitzer winning plays I have read recently, Crimes of the Heart is a southern gritty play, which I highly recommend and rate 4 stars.In TheatreWorks' revival of Beth Henley's Pulitzer winner "Crimes of the Heart," the wackiness overtakes the tragedy, but the play is nonetheless charming and engrossing.
Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has .
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Purple light and purple dildo Though her best girlfriends invite her for a crazy party, she chooses to spend an evening at home. She can just relax in her favorite armchair but she prefers to create an intimate atmosphere that would make her mood go up.
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