CRIMES OF THE HEART
By Beth Henley
Directed by Susanna Gellert
Extended one week!
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes with 2 intermissions
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO evening performance on Sunday February 2
What the critics are saying:
"A brilliant revival...the production has already been extended an extra week. It deserves to run even longer. Fresh and absorbing...a deeply satisfying production, one of Everyman's finest in recent years. It would be a crime to miss it."
- Baltimore Sun
"Everyman has again produced theatrical magic...director Susanna Gellert has brought together a brilliant cast and crew, creating a production that is not to be missed."
- MD Theatre Guide
"Riveting...an excellent production of a classic that still speaks volumes to modern audiences...a perfect piece of theatre for the middle of the winter as it will surely warm your heart."
- DC Metro Theater Arts
"The trio are seamless in their bond. All three actors beautifully delineated the differences between the sisters. Highly recommended!"
- DC Theater Scene
Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award, Beth Henley's comedy brings you into the Mississippi household of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn't like his looks. Meg is back in town after a failed attempt in the music business and a nervous breakdown. And poor Lenny - everyone has forgotten her 30th birthday...plus, her pet horse was just struck by lightning! Bad luck certainly runs deep among the Magrath clan. But with warm-hearted laughs and touching family moments, the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future in this contemporary American stage classic.
"An evening of antic laughter!" - New York Times
|Beth Henley, Playwright
Susanna Gellert, Director
Debra Booth, Scenic Design
Jay A. Herzog*, Lighting Design
LeVonne Lindsay Costume Design
Stowe Nelson, Sound Design
Anne Nesmith, Wig Design
Ashley Smith, Dialects
Jillian Matthews, Props Master
Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, Dramaturg
Amanda M. Hall & Erin C. Patrick, Stage Manager
*Featured Resident Company Member
The source of inspiration for an author is not determined by time or place but rather by the kindred vibes it arouses. In the case of Beth Henley, her muse is Anton Chekov and the inspiration for Crimes of the Heart was nothing less than Chekov’s play The Three Sisters.You can’t get much further away from Russia than Hazelhurst, Mississippi but the human emotions of love and loss, thwarted expectations and the unbreakable bond between the sisters are universal. More >
After reading Crimes of the Heart and going through the names of the entire cast and crew, I noted in passing, that there were more women involved in this play than usual. This was a non-issue until I found that it was mentioned, along with other plays written by women playwrights, as a ‘feminist’ play. This led to thoughts of prejudice in general and gender inequality in particular. As one writer pointed out, we speak of ethnic plays and feminist plays but there is no similar word for male-dominated plays like man-imist! More >
From summer stock productions to Broadway, the Pulitzer Prize to a star-studded film adaptation, Crimes of the Heart has been consistently performed and loved since it first made its appearance on the scene in 1979. More >
Everyman photographer Stan Barouh took some hilarious and heart-warming shots of our third show of the 2013/14 season, Crimes of the Heart. When you click on an image, it will enlarge into a slideshow with captions. More >
Maryland Morning host Tom Hall recently sat down with Beth Hylton, Megan Anderson and Dorea Schmidt - the three actresses playing the Magrath Sisters in the current production of Crimes of the Heart - to discuss the production, now in its final week of performances. More >
Beth Hylton, Megan Anderson and Dorea Schmidt - the three actresses playing the Magrath Sisters in the current production of Crimes of the Heart - recently sat down with What Weekly's Peter Davis to discuss the play, their characters, and how they develop such a sisterly bond in such a short amount of time. More >
"On January 14, 2013, a crowd gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on West Fayette Street at the site of what had been the Empire Theatre a century earlier. With a restored, glistening facade and entirely new interior, the venue officially opened as the Everyman Theatre, a new home to one of Baltimore's finest cultural assets. More >
"Everyman has again produced theatrical magic with its revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Crimes of the Heart written by Beth Henley. In her debut with this theater, director Susanna Gellert has brought together a brilliant cast and crew, creating a production that is not to be missed. The good news is that the show has been extended an extra week. More >
"One of the main pleasures of the production is watching the sisters interact - the trio are seamless in their bond. All three actors beautifully delineated the differences between the sisters. Highly recommended! More >
"Everyman Theatre starts 2014 with a riveting revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Crimes of the Heart. More >
"Beth Henley's well-known play gets a brilliant revival by Everyman Theatre. The production, which opened Friday night, has already been extended an extra week. It deserves to run even longer. More >