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Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling
directed by Megan Horton
September 7-24, 2023

Steel Magnolias has a total runtime of 2 hours and 13 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.

Act I: 68 minutes

Intermission: 15 minutes

Act II: 50 minutes

Mariemont Players and director Megan Horton are thrilled to announce the cast of our September 2023 production, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling:

Annelle: Anna Hazard

Truvy: Debbi Berlon

Shelby: Katie Jensen

M’Lynn: Stefanie Adams

Clairee: Cathy Lutts

Ouiser: Tobie Braverman

Steel Magnolias is directed by Megan Horton and produced by Jennifer Day, Eric Day, and Bill Geraghty

Performance dates: September 7 - 24, 2023


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.

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