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Theatre & Dance Presents Crimes of the Heart

Playing the Magrath sisters in

Playing the Magrath sisters in “Crimes of the Heart” are (from left) Susan Creech, Becca Trimbur and Elizabeth McKinney.


The Magrath sisters have had a rough life, and it’s getting rougher – Lenny spends all her time taking care of other people with no one to care for her, Meg’s had a nervous breakdown, and Babe … well, Babe just shot her rich and powerful husband.

Join the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance on Sept. 26-Oct. 1 for Crimes of the Heart, the classic Southern comedy about three sisters finally starting to figure out what they want and maybe, just maybe, how to begin getting it.

The sisters gather to deal with the family situation and find themselves laughing and crying as they bond together in a way that only sisters can.

“It’s a sweet family story, a very dark comedy, and an all-around fabulous play that has been a success on stage and screen since its debut at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in 1979,” said Dr. Michelle Dvoskin, Assistant Professor of Theatre and director of the show. “The play is also incredibly funny, with a very Southern kind of humor that I think audiences in Bowling Green will really enjoy.”

The play was made into a movie in 1986 starring Diane Keaton as Lenny, Jessica Lange as Meg, and Sissy Spacek as Babe.

Becca Trimbur, a senior from Villa Hills, plays Lenny, the oldest sister who sees herself as the caretaker of the group. “She loves her sisters dearly and can’t deny them anything, especially Babe,” Trimbur said. “She sees this as her responsibility and uses it as an excuse to avoid living her own life. But change is coming.”

Susan Creech, a senior from Lexington who plays Meg, easily relates to the characters. “As the youngest of three sisters, I’ve always loved the family dynamic between the three of us,” Creech said. “This show does an incredible job of bringing those types of relationships to life on stage. It beautifully expresses the depth as well as the pettiness that sets apart the special love between sisters.”

The Magrath sisters’ cousin, Chick, is played by Megan Magistrelli, a sophomore from Fort Wright. “I come from a family much like this,” she said, “a family of women who know who they are and ultimately celebrate and embrace their differences. I like women who put the fun in dysfunctional and these characters do that.”

Other cast members include Keifer Adkins, a senior from Somerset;Elizabeth McKinney, a junior from Glasgow; and Isaac Middleton, a senior from Harlan.

Crimes of the Heart runs Sept. 26-Oct. 1 in WKU’s Russell Miller Theatre in the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center and is recommended for mature audiences. All shows are at 8 p.m. except for Sunday matinee (Sept. 29) at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students. Advance tickets are available at wku.showare.com or by calling the box office at (270) 745-3121.

Tickets also are available for other upcoming Mainstage productions – Comedy of ErrorsNov. 7-12 and A Holiday Extravaganza Nov. 22-24 – and the upcoming Children’s Theatre Series – Arkansas Bear Oct. 18-20; The Frog Prince Nov. 1-3; and Wiley and the Harry ManDec. 6-8. Tickets are available online at wku.showare.com or by calling the box office at (270) 745-3121.

About Theatre and Dance: More than 15,000 were entertained by the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance last year. The department presents more than 20 productions every year to including four Mainstage productions, two Mainstage dance concerts, three student-choreographed dance concerts, a Children’s Theatre Series, a Studio Series of student-directed works, a Before Broadway Series featuring a staged reading of a new musical, and a Next Stage Series of showcases and works in progress. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/theatre-and-dance, on Twitter @WKUTheatreDance or by calling (270) 745-5845.

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