Steel Magnolias

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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, ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Drama-Logue
...a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South...Robert Harling is a new voice in the theatre and the qualities of STEEL MAGNOLIAS suggest he may be an important one.
NY Daily News
Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue...The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving.
NY Post
...suffused with humor and tinged with tragedy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822210788
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 71
  • Sales rank: 174,654
  • Product dimensions: 7.78 (w) x 5.16 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Stage play

    Contrary to what another reviewer reported, this is not a screenplay. It is a stage play. Unlike the film version of this story, the entirety of the action in this play takes plays in Truvy's salon. But aside from that, the story is pretty much the same. However, instead of seeing the story unfold at various locations around town, you hear about most of it as told by the female characters while getting their hair done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2005

    Beware - this is not a book, it's a screenplay!

    I loved this movie and book, I was just shocked when I ordered it online and received a screenplay. I don't think it says that anywhere in the description.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2004

    Amazing

    Amazing,I loved it. This is a book you need a comfy chair, tons of tissue.

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