The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 8, 2013

START OF THE ‘HEART’

Three young women have own problems in new play at arts center


Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — G. B. Community Theatre will open Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” tonight at 8.

Additional performances will be held Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 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 comedy features the “miss”-adventures of three young misses: Lenny, Meg, and Babe Magrath, each sister with her own set of problems. Lenny has failed in love; Meg has failed as a singer, and Babe, the youngest, has failed to kill her husband when she shot him in the stomach. Together, the three women have gathered together as their grandfather lives out his final hours.

Directed by Linda Fundis of Austinburg, the cast includes Amanda Latva as Lenny Magrath, Angela Orr as Chick Boyle, David Ardas Doc Porter, Ashley Perts as Meg Magrath, Gabby Sherbeyn as Babe Botrelle and Josh Woodard as Barbette Lloyd. 

As an added special event on the evening of Feb. 8, those in attendance for that night’s performance will be the first to hear the announcement of the line-up for the exciting 2013 Straw Hat Theatre season during the intermission. With Straw Hat auditions just a few weeks away, actors at the special announcement will be first to know what shows to prepare for, and theater-goers will be the first to know what shows are in store for the summer theater season.

Dinner before the show will be held 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 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.

Walk-in box office tickets for the play 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.