By Robert Harling

 

NODA Review by Dee McIlroy

This exceptional company Concept Players, brought the well known film adaptation of Steel Magnolias - those women who are beautiful as the State flower with a backbone of steel, to the Borough Theatre stage in September 2008.

The action takes place in a beauty parlour and this working set was recreated on stage to their credit. the scene opened on the morning of Shelby's wedding in Trudy's beauty parlour, Chinquapin, Louisiana. her clients - all local women, meet up, bare all, gossip and beautify, we watch them over the next 3 years. The deep Southern accent, difficult for most was so well done that we really had to listen to the dialogue closely as gossip exchanged, we did not want to miss anything!

This poignant play held an adsorbed audience in appreciation of this cast, who interacted and weaved their way together to bring the humour and downside of their everyday lives and the full impact of the tragedy of the central role, Shelby. Every character was well played in depth by each of these women. Helen Windsor as Clairee Belcher the Mayor's wife, Llinos Davies as the high spirited Truvy Jones, Annelle with a past (Zo� Goodacre), curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux (Janet Holloway) and social leader M'Lynn Eatonton (Lorna Welch). Good cameo by Nigel Holloway as the radio DJ. Sarah Leigh gave a fine performance and was so in touch with all aspects of Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, the tragic bride to be who develops Type 1 diabetes, laments being childless and eventually sadly dies. Not a dry eye in the house. Thank you for your invitation. Congratulations to Director, cast and team on all your work on this challenging play to ultimate success.

 

Originally published Spring 2009

 

 

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"This poignant play held an adsorbed audience in appreciation of this cast, who interacted and weaved their way together to bring the humour and downside of their everyday lives"

 

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