"Steel Magnolias" coming to Open Eye

Margaretville — “Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling will have its first performance on Friday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. at The Open Eye Theater in Margaretville.
Directed by David J. Turan, this heart wrenching comedy/drama is set in a beauty shop in a small Louisiana town in the 1980s. The shop is owned and operated by the very hip Truvy (Jo Boring). She is assisted by seemingly shy and exceedingly religious Annelle (Lizz Browne).
The story centers on a bouquet of colorful dynamic clients, particularly Shelby, a young diabetic bride (Rachel Adams), her overbearing, yet caring mother M’Lynn (Elizabeth Sherr), and their friends Ouiser (Patricia Brannen) and Clairee (Anne Saxon-Hersh) who are each in their own way desperately trying to live a life of happiness. But life is not simple, and happiness does not come easily. Shelby becomes pregnant, much to the disapproval of her mother because the pregnancy could be fatal. Shelby is ecstatic. She would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
As the drama plays through the seasons in Truvy’s beauty shop, the women grapple with love, secrecy, pain, and loss, and discover the power of hope and the strength of bonds between mother, daughter, and true friends.
We’re very pleased about this production of “Steel Magnolias,” says Open Eye producing artistic director Amie Brockway. “I think our audiences will love the combination of hilarious wit and intense drama.”
Evening performances of “Steel Magnolias” are Friday and Saturday July 24 and 25; Wednesday – Saturday July 29, 30, 31, and August 1, all at 7:30 p.m. There are matinees on Sundays July 26 and August 2 at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, is senior citizen night with a reduced ticket price for seniors.
On Thursday, July 30, from 3-6 p.m., the Delaware County Public Health Organization will hold a free Health Fair in conjunction with The Open Eye Theater’s production of “Steel Magnolias.” The County Public Health Organization will provide information and promote awareness of diabetes, and give diabetes and blood pressure screenings. The Health Fair will be held at The Open Eye Theater.
All performances of “Steel Magnolias” are at The Open Eye Theater, 960 Main Street, Margaretville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for students. Special Senior tickets on Wednesday, July 29, are $10. Reservations may be made by phone at 845 586-1660 or by e-mail: openeye@catskill.net.