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Steel Magnolias Continues at San Miguel Playhouse

By Judy Newell

Steel Magnolias is a collection of brilliant one-liners that could rank right up there with those from Groucho Marx to Homer Simpson. The comedy-drama, written by Robert Harding and directed by D. Michael Dobbins, runs through April 26 at the San Miguel Playhouse.

Steel Magnolias
Through Sun, Apr 26
Fri, Sat, 7:30pm
Sat matinee, 3pm
Sun matinee, 5pm
150 pesos
All shows have reserved seating
The San Miguel Playhouse
Av. Independencia 82

Show times are  Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm; a Saturday matinee at 3pm; and a Sunday matinee at 5pm. Performances are 150 pesos and all shows have reserved seating. The Playhouse offers free secure parking and a taxi concierge service. Doors open one hour before show time. Audience members can come early and enjoy a glass of wine before the show.

The action revolves around Truvy’s beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where life-long friends gather every Saturday morning. Kate Rowland plays the sassy Truvy, whose philosophy is “there’s no such thing as natural beauty.”

She hires new-in-town Annelle, played by Anne Campbell, a naive young woman abandoned by her husband who desperately needs a job. “Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.”


They will be as “busy as a one-armed paper-hanger” to get the Saturday regulars ready for Shelby’s wedding. Played by Erica Piedfort, Shelby declares to her mama, “I’d rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special…”

Judy Newell plays M’Lynn, Shelby’s mother, who discovers the real value of her life when faced with the possible loss of her daughter’s life. “I don’t know if I’m lucky to have what I have, or lucky to know what I have.”

Deep fried humor

Neighbors Clairee and Ouiser have frequent spats, but love each other fiercely. Clairee, played by Maggie Bunce, is the town’s upbeat former first lady. “Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!”

Gerri Baruch plays the crabby, perpetually grumpy Ouiser: “I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years.”

The circle of friends gather together as a tight-knit family, and as the years scroll by, secrets are revealed, gossip is exchanged, and the circle of life continues.

Tickets for Steel Magnolias can be purchased at Galería Izamal, 80 Mesones where you can select your specific seat location or by calling the theater at 415 154-1018. Reservations made by phone must be picked up 30 minutes before the start of the performance or the tickets will be released.


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