The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 31, 2013

Beware! Crime coming to Ashtabla Arts Center


Star Beacon

ASHTABULA —  Crime is afoot at the Ashtabula Arts Center’s G.B. Community Theatre.

Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” is onstage Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m.

This Pulitzer Prize winning play tells the story of the three Magrath sisters: Lenny, the oldest, who has failed in love; Meg, in the middle, who has failed as a singer, and Babe, the youngest, who has failed to kill her husband when she shot him in the stomach.

They have gathered as their grandfather lives out his final hours in a local hospital. Their overly proper cousin, Chick, compounds their problems, and a young lawyer who is desperate to keep Babe out of jail and just as desperate to make her the object of his desire adds to the hilarity.

The cast includes: Amanda Latva as Lenny Magrath, Angela Orr as Chick Boyle, David Ardas as  Doc Porter, Ashley Perts as Meg Magrath, Gabby Sherbeyn as Babe Botrelle and Josh Woodard as Barbette Lloyd.

The play will be directed by Linda Fundis.

Dinner before the show will be held prior to the performance on

Feb. 16. Reservations and prepayment are required no later than noon on Feb 13.

Dinner seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $16 plus the price of your theater ticket.

The menu for the evening will include: Italian wedding soup, warm dinner rolls, tossed salad with Italian dressing, chicken cacciatore over spaghetti with green peppers, onions and tomatoes, and strawberry cupcake with chocolate drizzle served with a chocolate-covered strawberry. Cooking for the evening will be Lisa Lowery. Payment is required at the time of reservation. 

Walk-in box office tickets are $14 adults and $12 seniors/students. However, you can save $2 per ticket when you purchase tickets in advance. For tickets or more information call the arts center at 964-3396.

The 2013 Straw Hat Theatre season line-up will be announced during the “Crimes of the Heart” intermission on Feb 8.  Visitors to the arts center that evening can also enjoy the bluegrass songs of John Lilly and meet with local artist and writer Carl Feather during the February art opening reception which will feature the works of Feather. The gallery event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Admission to the gallery, the Feather exhibit and Lilly entertainment is free.