Curio Theatre Company Opens Mainstage Season with Beth Henley’s ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Colleen Hughes, Tessa Kuhn and Rachel Gluck in “Crimes of the Heart” at Curio Theatre. Photo by Rebecca Gudelunas

Curio Theatre Company follows its Fringe hit staged at the Woodlands and opens its Mainstage Season with Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Crimes of the Heart. This smart and surprisingly funny portrait of a dysfunctional family is directed by Gay Carducci and runs Nov. 15-Dec. 9.

In Crimes of the Heart, the Magrath sisters, Lenny, Meg, and Babe, are reunited at their family home in Hazlehurst Mississippi after Babe shoots her husband. Each one is facing down her own demons, past and present. Lenny cares for the grandfather who raised her as he dies, Meg grapples with dreams that didn’t come true, and Babe squares off against an abusive spouse. It’s a portrait of a dysfunctional family, but Beth Henley’s Pulitzer prize winning play finds laughter within tragedy.

Crimes of the Heart won the 1981 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play and the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  In the Curio Production, Lenny is played by Rachel Gluck, Meg is played by Colleen Hughes, and Babe is played by Tessa Kuhn. Lesley Berkowitz is Chick. Harry Slack is Doc. Chase Byrd is Barnett.  Curio Artistic Director Paul Kuhn is the Set Designer. Tim Martin is the Lighting Designer. Damien Figueras is the Sound Designer. Aetna Gallagher is the Costume Designer.

The show’s director Gay Carducci said, “Crimes of the Heart touches on so many complexities of human behavior — vulnerability, insecurity, love, passion, and dedication. The two that stand out to me are hope and hopelessness. One causes some people to surrender. The other encourages a fight to continue. We watch the Magrath sisters weave through these throughout the play. It also challenges the audience (and the actors) to love characters that are flawed, dysfunctional, and commit crimes both large and small. I love them all. They are us!”

Opening Night is Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m. Most performances are ThursdaySaturday at 8 p.m. There is no show on Thanksgiving. Industry Night is Monday, November 20 at 8 p.m. and there is an added show Wednesday, December 6 at 8 p.m. All performances are held at Curio’s home in the Calvary Center for Culture and Community at 4740 Baltimore Ave. Tickets cost $15-$30 and are available online www.curioutheatre.org or by phone at 215-921-8243