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Zany comedy about hapless sisters.

Byline: The Register-Guard

One sister has just shot her husband. One is turning 30 with no romantic prospects. One is recovering from failure as a singer. Sounds like a recipe for a triple downer.

But, no. "Crimes of the Heart," which opens Friday at the Cottage Theatre, has been described as "serious comedy," a "zany but touching play" and "a wacky, screwball dark comedy."

Beth Henley won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for this quirky play about three hapless but not hopeless sisters in Hazlehurst, Miss.


Director Kara Stephens has cast Tabatha Jenrette as Babe, Nikki Pagniano as Meg and Carri Lane as Lenny, with Phil Dempsey, Mindy Linder and Rick Lloyd.

"Crimes of the Heart" will run from Friday through June 28, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $11 in advance or $12 at the door. Seats in the far left and right sections of the theater are $10.

For reservations, call The Bookmine at (541) 942-7414 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Bookmine is at 702 Main St., Cottage Grove.

The theater is at 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove.

Lord Leebrick:

A reading of a new play

Local playwright Greg Foote's play "Road's End" will have a public reading at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lord Leebrick Theatre, 540 Charnelton St.

Admission is free. There will be an opportunity for public feedback after the reading. "Road's End" is Foote's second play.

His first, ``SWM,'' was selected for the 2000 Ashland New Plays Festival and had its Eugene premiere at Actors Cabaret of Eugene in June 2001, directed by Kirk Boyd.

"Road's End" is a seven-character dramatic comedy set on Labor Day weekend in 1969. The characters are recent college graduates, gathering at a beach house for a last weekend together amid the turmoil surrounding the Vietnam War.

Actors Quinn Mattfeld, Cassie Schwanke, Ian Hanley, Nick Smith, Heather Persinger, Nate Bloch and Erica Smith will do the reading.


In "Crimes of the Heart" at Cottage Theatre, Babe (played by Tabatha Jenrette) eats oatmeal while calmly telling her lawyer (Phil Dempsey) how she shot her husband because, "I just didn't like his stinking looks."
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Date:Jun 8, 2003
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