Steel Magnolias opens at the Playhouse

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April 13th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – Omahans can make an appointment at Truvy’s beauty parlor this weekend and catch up on the latest gossip, as Steel Magnolias, the story of a group of Southern women hits the main stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

Steel Magnolias hits the main stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse, April 15 through May 8th. (Photo credit Wikimedia Commons)

Steel Magnolias was written in 1987 by Robert Harling. The Omaha Community Playhouse will bring the play back to life, with performances opening this Friday. Amy Lane is the director of the show, and said the story mainly takes place at Truvy’s small town beauty parlor in northwest Louisiana. It’s the story of six lifelong friends, including one who suffers from diabetes. Lane said she, and the cast, could relate to some of the challenges of that illness.

“Diabetes plays a large role in the play,” she said. “What we found out is that a lot us … have a personal connection to that. I have diabetes in my family, it runs on both sides. So, the play kind of resonated for a lot of us because it dealt with that serious issue.”

Lane also said although Steel Magnolias addresses a serious health matter, it’s also a lighthearted story, and the cast was able to have fun.

“The play is very funny,” she said. “There are a lot of great jokes in it that still seem fresh and wonderful even though it was written a while ago. We had so much fun in rehearsal, we laughed a lot, and we became friends through the process.”

Steel Magnolias opens Friday at the Playhouse and runs through May 8th.

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