This will be the last weekend for the Whole Backstage theatre's “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley. Sonny Lewis is the season sponsor.
The theatre is taking precautions to make visitors as comfortable and safe as possible given the pandemic. They will only be at half-capacity, 150 seats per show rather than 300. Every other row will be marked off and groups are being asked to sit 6 feet apart from their nearest neighbors. Masks must be worn into the theatre but you can remove them once you are seated. The building will be sanitized between shows.
This week's performances are February 18, 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee on February 21 at 2:00 p.m.
The show won the 1981 Pulitzer and was made into a successful movie in 1986 starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard and others.
Directed by Backstage veteran Debbie Moss with assistant director Joshua Barksdale, this tragicomedy is set in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, where the three Macgrath 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 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects. Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazelhurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her abusive husband in the stomach.
Their troubled, grave and yet, somehow hilarious situations, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tried to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. Past resentments bubble to the surface as the sisters are forced to deal with relatives and past relationships while coping with Babe's latest incident. Each sister is forced to face the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" she has committed.
The cast includes the talents of Kennedy Pickard as Meg, Liz Lincks as Babe, Tony Wildfong as Doc, April Russell as Lenny, Hannah Grace Yost as Chick and Noah Logan as Barnette.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.wholebackstage.com or call 256-582-7469 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for students and $18 for seniors.