CRIMES OF THE HEART - The Playmasters

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Past Seasons > 2008 - 2009

Sept. 19 - Oct. 5, 2008

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Kathy Harmar as Lenny Magrath
Sara Stepnowski as Mey Magrath
Colleen Mackle as Babe Magrath
Michael Pierce as Doc
Jillian Bosmann as Chick
David Durham as Barnett Lloyd

Directed by Denise Puchalsk

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.   

Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects

Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst,
is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast.

While Babe, the youngest, is out on bail  after having shot her husband in the stomach.

Their troubles, somehow, hilarious,

are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick,
and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her.

And "Doc", Meg MaGraths high school sweetheart who she left stranded
and injured after the hurricane, Camille.

In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future.  It is touching and consistently hilarious.

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award

"It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zany passion that must carry all before it…it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play." —NY Post.

"From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theatre…" —NY Magazine.

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