‘Crimes of the Heart’ comes to the Trojan Center Theater

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As Sophia on “The Golden Girls” would say, “Picture this…”

A trio of sisters raised in a dysfunctional family reunite in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after one of them shoots her husband and each has to face her own past.

That’s a picture that would peak the interest of most people. And, if it peaks yours, then you’ll not want to miss the opening of the Troy University Department of Theater and Dance production of Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” that opens night Thursday at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University and will run through Saturday.

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The performance will be at 7:30 nightly. General admission tickets are $10. Student tickets are $5 with an ID.

Adena Moree, director of theater and dance, said the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winning play is a little Chekhov, a little Eudora Welty and with some Jerry Springer thrown in the mix.

At the core of the tragic comedy are the MaGrath sisters, Meg, Babe and Lenny.

“Welcome to the 1974 world of the MaGrath sisters in Hazlehurst, Mississippi,” Moree said. “The play focuses on the three sisters who are reunited at their grandfather’s home after one sister shoots her abusive husband. The sisters have to face the consequences of the “Crimes of the Heart” they each have committed and deal with tumultuous family relationships.”

Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with the past while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives.

“Crimes of the Heart,” the fall opener for the Department of Theater and Dance, is sure to be an audience pleaser. Get your tickets while they last on line anytime at troytheater.org or at the Trojan Center Box Office from 1 until 5 p.m. through Friday.