The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.”
Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who has diabetes) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 19 through August 3. Tickets are $25-$35, available online and at the door, if not sold out (reservations are strongly suggested). Advance purchase at CuttingEdgeTheater.com.
Cutting Edge Theater is a professional, regional theater company, serving Southeastern Louisiana. The company also receives a broad base of support from throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Cutting Edge Theater is located inside Attractions Salon, a full service salon by day. By night it transforms into Slidell’s most innovative and intimate theater.