Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Marco Players Present Steel Magnolias


Standing: Carol Fenstermacher, Stacey Boisvert, Mai Puccio, and Karen Ezrine. Seated: Karen Anglin and Kathleen Barney. Photo by Denise Wauters

Standing: Carol Fenstermacher, Stacey Boisvert, Mai Puccio, and Karen Ezrine. Seated: Karen Anglin and Kathleen Barney. Photo by Denise Wauters

The production of “Steel Magnolias” by The Marco Players is, at first, a lighthearted comedy that follows the banter of six southern women with very large personalities as they lead the lives of average women in Chinquapin, Louisiana. At least that’s what the first act of the play leads you to believe.

The story is set in Truvy Jones’ (Kathleen Barney) beauty salon, a breeding ground for gossip and advice of all kinds. With her enthusiastic assistant, Annelle Dupuy (Stacey Boisvert) at her side, Truvy lends her talented hands and outspoken attitude to the manes and hearts of the most privileged women in town.

For most of the play, the audience is entertained with an incredibly funny show with lots of lively banter between Truvy, Annelle, and regular clients (Karen Ezrine, Carol Fenstermacher, and Mai Puccio). But, this perception is soon flipped when Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie (Karen Anglin), a woman with diabetes, chances pregnancy and endangers her life. This experience, though sad, sets the heart-felt tone that places sisterhood on the forefront.

“Steel Magnolias” is on stage February 7-25 at The Marco Players Theater, Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are on sale for $28 and $30 each at TheMarcoPlayers.com or by calling the box office at 239-642-7270.

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