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Village Players to perform touching comedy


The Village Players of Hatboro presents the second show of its 75th season: “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley.

Shows continue at 8 p.m. Jan. 20, 21, 27 and 28, and 2 p.m. Jan. 22. Tickets are $20 at the door, at 401 Jefferson Ave., Hatboro, or on on the Village Players’ website.

The scene is Hazlehurst, Miss., where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital.

Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at 30 and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach.

Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her.

In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is “so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.”

Directed by Kevin N. Christian the show stars Janet Rosenberg, Kaitlyn Burylo, Julia Corrado, Mary Saile, Chris Mazza and Nic Pinault.