Pontiac Theater IV Presents: Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley

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Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play, Pontiac Theater IV presents Beth Henley’s darkly humorous play of coming home and facing the past.
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Warm-hearted, irreverent, zany and brilliantly imaginative, the play would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play.

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June 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th, 8:00 PM
June 11th, and 18th, 4:00 PM
June 17th Matinee, 2:00 PM


All Saints’ Episcopal Church

171 West Pike Street Pontiac, MI 48341

Lenny – Karen McClellan
Meg – Colleen Flanagan
Babe – Reilly Kerrigan
Chick – Janet Jimenez
Doc – Sean Harbert
Barnette – Eric Easterday

Director- Tim Wheeling
Producer – Cyndi Heins
Assistant Director – Sean Harbert
Stage Manager – Jim Pike