The action centers around Truvy's beauty parlor and some women who regularly gather there. The drama begins on the morning of Shelby's wedding to Jackson and covers events over the next three years, including Shelby's decision to have a child despite having Type 1 diabetes and the complications that result from the decision. We also get a glimpse of the unlikely friendship between Clairee and Ouiser; Annelle's transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town, to a partying woman, then to a religious fundamentalist; and Truvy's relationships with the men in her family.
Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother, and Shelby's medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama.
PLAYWRIGHT: Robert Harling was an aspiring actor when the death of his younger sister inspired him to write the play that remains his most famous work.
Genre: Comedy Drama
Playwright: Robert Harling
Directed by: Janet Case
Production Date: April 1997
Staged: The Theatre, Church Walk,
BHTC Production Number: 190
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