‘Crimes of the Heart’ Opening Feb. 5 in Rust Flexible Theatre



Jan. 21, 2008 – The  Department of Theatre & Dance will present Beth Henley’s famed southern comedy, “Crimes of the Heart,” Feb. 5-10 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-9, with 2 p.m. matinees on Feb. 9 and 10.

New York Magazine has called “Crimes of the Heart” “A must see!” adding that “from time to time a play comes along that restores one’s faith in our theatre…”

Winner of the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, “Crimes…” is warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative.  Henley’s play teems with humanity and humor, as it examines the plight of three young Mississippi sisters betrayed by their passions.

The play is placed in Hazlehurst, Miss., 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, a 30-year-old spinster, faces 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, grave and yet 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. In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the futureᾰbut the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by call 573-651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at metrotix.com, keyword “crimes” or by calling toll free (800) 293-5949.