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Steel Magnolias Six Southern belles exchange recipes and wisecracks in a beauty parlor; big hair and big laughs ensue. Or laughs would ensue, if the revival...Steel Magnolias Six Southern belles exchange recipes and wisecracks in a beauty parlor; big hair and big laughs ensue. Or laughs would ensue, if the revival...2005-04-18
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Steel Magnolias

Starring: Delta Burke, Christine Ebersole, Rebecca Gayheart, Marsha Mason, Lily Rabe, Frances Sternhagen; Director: Jason Moore; Author: Robert Harling; Opening Date: 04/04/2005

Six Southern belles exchange recipes and wisecracks in a beauty parlor; big hair and big laughs ensue. Or laughs would ensue, if the revival of Robert Harling’s 1987 play weren’t so woefully miscast: As mother-hen hairdresser Truvy, Delta Burke pauses so often that one wonders which has gone South — her memory or her comic timing? Marsha Mason makes cranky old Ouiser a caricature, and Christine Ebersole’s sincere M’Lynn is sincerely monotonous. Thank goodness for the fabulous Frances Sternhagen (Sex and the City’s meddling matron Bunny MacDougal), who can even get a cackle out of a line like ”I’ve got to get my tires rotated.”

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