CONCORD — April 11, 12 and 13, the NHTI “Stage Lynx” Drama Club will present Crimes of the Heart, the Pulitzer Prize winning tragic comedy by Beth Henley. The curtain goes up at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Admission is free for NHTI students, $10 for all others.
It's hard to imagine three more different women than the McGrath sisters, the central characters in Crimes of the Heart. About the only thing they seem to have in common is that all of them are failures in one way or another.
The oldest, Lenny (played by Gwen Huot) still lives at home and spends much of her time caring for an aging grandparent. "I hate to describe her as 'pathetic,'" says Gwen, a General Studies student from Laconia, "but that about sums it up. She hasn't done much, she can't have children, and she doesn't know how to reach out."
By contrast, sister Meg (Emily Post, General Studies/Franklin) escaped their small southern town and went off to live the glamorous life of a Hollywood star. But she had to betray her childhood sweetheart Doc (Cory Schofield, Concord) in the process, and as we find out during the course of the play, her "idyllic" life may not be everything she claims.
The third and most obviously troubled sister is Babe, played by Amelia Szelog. Though she is a seductive "Marilyn Monroe" type, according to Amelia, an AGS student from Manchester, "Babe makes bad decisions, and she is unable to confront the decisions she makes." It is Babe's most recent mistake that brings the three sisters back home to deal with assorted relatives, past relationships, and the consequences of the "crimes of the heart" each has committed.
Rounding out the cast are Sam Kimball (General Studies/Rumney) as Aunt Chick, who delights in sweetly pointing out the faults and failings of all around her, and Raul Fernandez (Information Technology/Concord) as Babe's attorney Barnett, who is falling for her himself until he discovers some ugly truths. The show is directed by Jim Webber.
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