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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 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781580812160
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Series: L. A. Theatre Works
Edition description: Unabridged, 2 CDs
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 7.12(h) x 1.03(d)

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Crimes of the Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
opinion8dsngr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Babe manages to rather mysteriously shoot her Senator husband, the women of her family surround each other in an attempt to weather out the fall-out. This play is more of a character study than a plot-intensive peice of drama. It does manage to cover some very serious issues: suicide, justifyable violence, etc. in a humorous and well-put-together background. Still, I think it must have been a sparce year in 1972 for this to have won the Pulitzer. It's a good play, but nothing monumental.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.