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Crimes of the Heart

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The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, 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, is unmarried at thirty and facing 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 ...
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Overview

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, 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, is unmarried at thirty and facing 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 future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.

"Mines a pure vein of Southern Gothic humor worthy of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor" --New York Times Winner 1981 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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Editorial Reviews

NY Magazine
From time to time a play comes along that restores one's faith in our theatre...
NY Post
It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zany passion that must carry all before it...it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play.
NY Times
While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley's prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822202509
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1982
  • Pages: 106
  • Sales rank: 124,884

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Perfect

    I had checked this playbook out for my Dramatic Interpretation for Debate. It's absolutely a spectacular play and was easy to pick apart for what I needed. I would love to see this in the theatre.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    ***Crimes Of The Heart***

    I just performed Crimes of the Heart for my Theater club. I loved it so much, that I wanted a copy of the script to keep for my memory/scrap book. I played Meg, age 30 who comes back home to Hazelhurst after a failed singing career in Hollywood. It was so much fun to read and perform. Beth Henley wrote a wonderful, tear-jerking, and yet humorous script all wrapped into one.

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