A Deeply Moving Masterpiece
The Guthrie Theater continues its arresting 2019/20 season program with Robert Harling's seminal dramedy Steel Magnolias. Inspired by the death of his sister, American playwright, film director and producer Harling put pen to paper in 1986 and allowed his grief to become a heartbreaking yet uplifting story that examines the strength and resilience of the female and familial bond.
Following six women from a small southern town through times of soaring joy and tragic despair, the story bears Harling's trademark of using humour and lighthearted conversations to cope with the seriousness of the situations his characters find themselves in. Taking place in the salon of Chinquapin, Louisiana, it centers on the salon's owner Truvy Jones and her interactions with five other salon regulars and friends. Sometimes their relationships boil over, but once the smoke clears, true friendship remains and they're able to find their way through even the darkest of times together.