A tale of love, good hair, and the everlasting bonds of friendshipby Robert Harling
Directed by Bob Devin Jones
Our production of this classic story features an all African-American cast!
Opens Friday, May 23
“Pay What You Can” Night
"You'll laugh and cry with this beautiful tribute to friendship, community and the power of the human spirit." -Chicago Critic
Shelby’s wedding day nears, so the beauty shop ladies of Chinquapin Parrish, Louisiana - delicate as magnolias but tough as steel – have a lot to talk about. From the new assistant who announces, “I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair”, to the town matron who declares, “I'm not crazy…I've just been in a very bad mood 40 years!”…Steel Magnolias is alternately hilarious and touching, sure to be the feel-good hit of the season!
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"Steel Magnolias [is] full of warmth…the senses are treated to honey-dipped awareness…[Casting] the play with all African-American women…Under the direction of Bob Devin Jones…feels so natural…Jones has nourished the script with gentle, poignant touches…[Whitney Drake] carries lines with subtlety and charm and finds a natural rhythm with Fanni Green, who plays her mother, M'Lynn…Perri Gaffney plays town crank Ouiser Boudreax with delicious salt, and manages some very real streaming tears…A surprise gem was Brandy Grant as nervous hairstylist Annelle Dupuy…The cast sweetly deploys Steel Magnolias' message that the people you need most are found in the places you least expect." -Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times
"Steel Magnolias sweet as Southern tea…Gossip, wisdom, laughter, tears and funny lines are shared at Truvy’s Beauty Shop…[Whitney Drake] turns the pink-loving Shelby into a courageous and endearing character…Fanni Green makes an impressive American Stage debut as Shelby’s equally strong-willed mother, M’Lynn…Jemison gives Truvy a lively, likable personality as the wisecracking cosmetologist… [Perri] Gaffney and [Erica] Sutherlin bring their characters to life with style and charm…[Steel Magnolias] is given a new flavor with a black cast under the direction of Bob Devin Jones…[and] delivers a solid performance." –Walt Belcher, The Tampa Tribune
"American Stage's Steel Magnolias, all-black production is a winner…[full of] jokes every few moments…[an] exploration of the ways in which human beings find sustenance in the artificial families they create…[the] last moments rises to the level of sincere drama…[Full] of top actors…Perri Gaffney as Ouiser offers an almost perfect impersonation…Whitney Drake takes on a certain heroism …As her mother M’Lynn, Fanni Green delivers an emotional performance that had some theatergoers in tears…Then there’s Tia Jemison’s performance as Truvy, whose logical mind and good humor make all the others feel welcome…Bob Devin Jones directs with his usual flair, and Greg Bierce’s set of the beauty shop is attractively realistic. Steel Magnolias is a powerful, even heart-rending act of theater." -Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing
What the Patrons are Saying:
"The show was amazing!!!"
"Phenomenal! Better than the movie! A must see!"
"Love the performance, ladies!"
"Thank you for showing the talented Perri Gaffney, who just SLAYED it as Ouiser Boudreaux. Enjoyed the Saturday Matinee!"
"Just got home from Steel Magnolias at American Stage!!! It was fantastic!!!!! What a great ensemble of actors!!!! - Especially my PCCA teacher friend Ms. Erica Sutherlin!!!!! Those who CAN, teach!!!!!"
"Great night at American Stage...saw Steel Magnolias and it's awesome!"
"Saw Steel Magnolias tonight at American Stage. All African-American cast! AMAZING!!! They all were sooo good. They provided a fresh delivery on those familiar lines. Go see it!"
"Loved It! Great cast!"
"The play was amazing!!!!! Whitney Drake my new adopted niece is sooo good!!! Tia Jemison, I always enjoy seeing you."
"extraordinary talent extraordinary Show. what a magnificent cast of actresses. you should take this show on the road."
"...the costume design by Sarah Stark was sublimely befitting for this first rate 1980s period dram-edy."
"Perfect cast. A lot of wet eyes and big smiles leaving the theatre. Brava, ladies!"
"Excellent show. A 'must see'"
"Best show I have seen in awhile! The cast [was] spectacular."
"...a profoundly well done theatrical experience. I may just go see it again."
"Very enjoyable. The ladies were terrific in their roles."
"It's a wonderful show...brilliant acting!"
"This show was beautiful, I couldn't handle all my emotions. I can't wait for the 2014-15 season."
"absolutely great cast! outstanding acting...i got choked up, even though i've seen that movie atleast 10 times. please go see it while you can!!!"
"Excellent show - the cast was amazing!"
"It was awesome!"
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