About Steel Magnolias
by Robert Harling
Directed by Megan Horton
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; 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 repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Mariemont Players, Inc
Mariemont Players, Inc. (MPI) is one of Cincinnati’s oldest and most successful community theaters. Our all-volunteer organization delivers high quality live theater entertainment at affordable prices. MPI stages 6 productions a year (a new play every 2 months). There’s loads of variety in our shows - from hilarious comedies to exciting musicals to challenging mysteries and thrilling dramas. We’re proud to say that our shows, actors and directors have won many awards, but more importantly our audiences keep coming back, season after season, for some of the best live theater in Greater Cincinnati.
The Players were organized over 85 years ago as a church group that performed plays in Mariemont, Ohio. In 1960 we bought the historic Plainville four-room school building at the intersection of Walton Creek and Muchmore Roads, between Mariemont and Terrace Park, and turned it into our Walton Creek Theater. The original building’s cornerstone was laid in 1869, but the present solid brick building dates from 1910. We’re one of the few local community theaters with a permanent home. Parking is free next to the building. We’re also handicap accessible with an elevator to the theater auditorium and a handicap accessible restroom. No matter where you sit in our intimate auditorium, you won’t miss a line - there’s not a bad seat in the house.
Join us for the excitement of opening night – with a meet-the-cast reception after the show. The curtain goes up for evening performances on Thursdays through Sundays for three weekends. Tickets may be purchased by phone, online or by mail. So you don’t miss a show, contact our box office at 513-501-1718 and order a season subscription.