Cedar Rapids – Theatre Cedar Rapids takes us to Hazlehurst, Mississippi, this weekend where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. One sister is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; another is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while the youngest sister is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Its characters escape the past to seize the future in a story that’s both touching and consistently hilarious. Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart, the 1981 Pulitzer Prize winner, opens on Friday.
The cast of the show will be familiar to local theatregoers. Katy Slaven, who plays Babe, recently appeared in TCR’s production of Six Characters in Search of an Author. Sarah Jarmon (Meg) and Angie Toomsen (Lenny) both appeared in the joint Dreamwell/ICCT production of 9 Parts of Desire last summer. Justin Braden, Alex Williams and Clare Duffy round out the cast.