The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinuapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise – cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the social leader, M’Lynn, whose daugther Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole southern boy”. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few abrasive but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves towards tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is diabetic) has a risky pregnancy. The sudden realization of their morality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength – and love – which give the play, and it’s characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad. These ladies are made of steel.
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