Crimes of the Heart steals the stage

A DARK comedy takes the stage as Terrace Little Theatre presents Crimes of the Heart for its first play of the new year.

ERICA WILSON

A DARK comedy takes the stage as Terrace Little Theatre presents Crimes of the Heart for its first play of the new year, starting this Thursday, Jan. 19.

Crimes of the Heart was made into a movie in 1986 starring Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek as three sisters who come together when the youngest is accused of shooting her husband.

Along the way, old feelings and secrets are brought out, and the sisters reconnect despite their differences.

It’s a family play although it could be called a “chick flick,” says director Marianne Brorup Weston.

“It’s a chick flick but one of the husbands came the other night and liked it and I don’t’ think he’d seen it before,” she says. “It does deal with pretty serious issues as well.”

There’s laughs and tears. says Weston.

Oldest sister Lenny lives with their grandfather in his home to take care of him, middle sister Meg lives in California where she’s an actress and the youngest, Babe, gets out of jail and comes home, reuniting the trio. And their loves lives, or lack of a love life, come into the play in a big way.

The cast welcomes a couple of newcomers to the stage: Erica Wilson, who plays Babe, and Jonathan Stone as Doc, Meg’s ex-boyfriend. Bayani Generoso is on stage in his second play as Barnette, Babe’s lawyer.

Veterans Nancy Stone Archer and Janine Hamming play oldest sister Lenny and middle sister Meg, and Robin Hollett is Chick, the girls’ cousin.

Weston said the cast is fantastic and it’s always exciting to get new people onstage.

There’s also new people backstage.

“It’s been a good process,” she says. “It’s nice to have a mix, a co-ed cast,” says Weston, adding that the last few plays she directed have been all female casts.

For more on Crimes of the Heart, including dates and ticket sales, see City Scene.