Rousuck's Review: "Steel Magnolias" at Spotlighters Theatre | WYPR

Rousuck's Review: "Steel Magnolias" at Spotlighters Theatre

Jun 27, 2019

Melanie Bishop and Karen Starliper in STEEL MAGNOLIAS
Credit Spotlighters Theatre/Shealyn Jae Photography

In the closing segment of today's edition of Midday on the Arts, theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins Tom in the studio for another of her weekly reviews of Maryland's regional stage.  Today, she talks about the new production of  Steel Magnolias at Baltimore's Spotlighters Theatre.

Robert Harling's play, which premiered in 1987 at the WPA Theater, New York City's Off-Off Broadway mainstay, is a comedy-drama that explores the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana.  Set entirely in a hair salon, the play is based on Harling's experiences surrounding his sister's death.

Directed at Spotlighters by Fuzz Roark (with Assistant Director Paul Saar), Steel Magnolias' all-female cast includes Suzanne Young as Truvy Jones, Valerie Lash as Louisa (Ouiser) Boudreaux, Karen Starliper as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, and Melanie Bishop as Mary Lynn Eatenton.

Steel Magnolias continues at Spotlighters Theatre until Sunday, July 14. For more info, click here.