Truvy's Beauty Shop
Truvy's is the beauty shop in Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana, where "anyone who is anyone" comes to have her hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle, the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire; Miss Clairee, a lively character with a unique sense of humor; 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 dialogue and not a few "acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions", the play spans a period of nearly 3 years during the 1980's, a time that includes new hairdos and life-altering changes for each of the women.
Based on the true story of playwright Robert Harling's the sister and mother, Steel Magnolias reveals the underlying strength — and love — that gives the play, and its characters, "the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad".
Steel Magnolias is ... "a first play which 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.
Source: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.