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Announcements August 10, 2011

The 2011-2012 Season Announced

The Keegan Theatre is thrilled to announce the final line-up for the 2011-2012 season, the company’s fifteenth.

Reviews August 3, 2011

The Examiner: Steel Magnolias

“Steel Magnolias” by Robert Harling exists in that narrow corridor between sentiment and sentimentality. When not carefully directed and acted, it offers opportunities for maudlin comments on the unfairness of life. But in a solid production, like the Keegan Theatre’s current offering, honest feeling prevails over bathos and banality. Although there is a central character

Reviews August 2, 2011

The Edge: Steel Magnolias

Warm up your curling irons and ready the Zatarain’s, the ladies of Chinquapin Parish have temporarily set up shop on Church Street. Director Mark Rhea revives Robert Harling’s play of sassy Southern living in a scintillating production at the Keegan Theatre near Dupont. If you’ve not yet had the pleasure of this dramedy in a

Reviews July 28, 2011

DC Theatre Scene: Steel Magnolias

Even if you know the story, saw the movie or an earlier production of Steel Magnolias, this iteration warrants a return visit, because it’s likely you haven’t seen an actual mother and daughter in the roles. The casting adds a special charm and poignancy to the script, and it doesn’t hurt that both actresses are

Reviews July 27, 2011

Northern Virginia Magazine: Steel Magnolias

It’s a famous show about Hair, and no, it doesn’t end in -spray or feature nude dancers Chances are, you’ve either seen or heard of “Steel Magnolias.” It opened Off-Broadway in 1987, and by 1989, playwright Robert Harling transformed his script into an iconic movie featuring A-listers Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah,

Reviews July 27, 2011

Washington Post: Steel Magnolias

‘Steel Magnolias’ cathartic for mourning mother and daughter stars by Jane Horwitz Sheri Herren says it’s been a “healing process” for her and her daughter Laura  to play mother and child onstage in “Steel Magnolias.” Set among a group of women friends in a small-town Louisiana beauty salon in the 1980s, the play has much

Reviews July 27, 2011

Arlington Weekly News TV: Steel Magnolias

Forget any other “Steel Magnolias” you’ve seen—The Keegan Theatre’s version is the best I’ve seen yet!  Maybe it’s because Keegan is like a family—the cast works so well together. In fact, in this show, there is a mother-daughter team—Sheri S. Herren and her 22 year old daughter, Laura. Mom is well-known at Keegan and now,

Reviews July 27, 2011

DCist: Steel Magnolias

Fragile Strength in Keegan Theatre’s Steel Magnolias “This is women’s territory,” proclaims one of the ladies in The Keegan Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias, and yet there is something in its story of love and hardship that all can grasp, underneath all that hairspray. Steel Magnolias, for anyone who has not seen the film adaptation,

Reviews July 27, 2011

Review Round-Up: Steel Magnolias

MD Theater Guide The Keegan Theatre presents Steel Magnolias, a play about love, friendship, sadness, and the strength of women, directed by Mark A. Rhea.  The first thing you notice when you walk into Church Street Theatre is the remarkable set, designed by Trena Weiss-Null…. Costume Designer Erin Nugent smartly depicts every character’s personality through

Reviews July 26, 2011

MD Theatre Guide: Steel Magnolias

FIVE STARS! The entire ensemble is fabulous … Mark A. Rhea’s direction is superb … In a clever and wonderful casting move, Laura Herren takes the part as Shelby, while her real-life mother, Sheri S. Herren, plays her on-stage mother – M’Lynn … The Keegan Theatre’s Steel Magnolias is truly an entertaining – and at times – heart-breaking production … theatre at its best.


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