The City Theatre Austin presents Crimes of the Heart
Even an imperfect family is family enough. This rings true in Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy Crimes of the Heart, spinning the zany story of a dysfunctional southern family, told with passion, loads of humor, and a heck of a lot of heart.
Each Magrath sister is at a turning point in her life - back together in the scorching heat of Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Lenny, the eldest, never left their childhood home, and is without a romantic prospect in sight. Her sax playing little sister, Babe, faces jail time for shooting her abusive husband. And Meg, the middle sister, has returned home, leaving behind a fading attempt at a singing career and now facing so many past memories that she cannot run from.
With all this, the Magrath house starts to resemble the eye of a hurricane as the world around them falls to pieces. Ultimately, in all the wackiness, they look to each other – and to past loves and lawyers - for strength and understanding. The Magrath sisters have emotional issues to be sure, but those are coupled with an enormous capacity to love, when coming to terms with their own crimes of the heart.