Wednesday, January 23, 1991
The Michigan Daily
Doing hair, exploring the soul
by liena Bush
Robert Harling wrote his highly
acclaimed play Steel Magnolias in
only ten days. David Hunsberger, di-
tector of the Ann Arbor Civic The-
&tte production of Harling's play,
attributed the script's brief gestation
period, as well as its unique ability
to make the audience laugh and cry
simultaneously, to inspiration from
Harling's own life.
.Steel Magnolias takes place en-
tirely in Truvy's beauty salon in
Chinquapin Parish, Louisiana, Har-
ling's home town. The play chroni-
cles the life and times of five women
'f varying ages and different stratas
It opens on the wedding day of
Shelby, when the young woman and
her mother are having their hair set
for the afternoon affair.
Imnmediately, the audience learns of
the bride-to-be's severe diabetes.
Hunsberger noted that soon after
lierling's arrival in New York, his
ister died of diabetes. In addition,
unsberger commented that Harling
enjoyed a close relationship with his
family, especially with his mother
and sister. It follows that in his play,
the close yet turbulent relationship
between Shelby and her mother,
M'Lynn, is written very realistically.
The other characters in the play
are also poignantly drawn. Anelle,
the new beautician, has a mysterious
past. The two older women, Ouiser
and Clairee, make it a point to learn
about Chinquapin Parish's newest
resident. The love/hate relationship
between Clairee, the Puckish widow
of the former mayor, and Ouiser, the
bitter, sardonic woman who holds
the record for outliving husbands, is
reflective of the play's effective jux-
taposition of joy and sorrow.
Hunsberger said he believes that
this isolated setting enhances the
sense of community and intimacy
that the characters share. Despite
their difference in lifestyles, the
beauty salon is the place where the
characters achieve equality and can
share anything. Along with town
gossip, they share their feelings
about the. men in their lives.
Hunsberger cited the setting as a
major difference between the.
screenplay of the popular film and
the stage script. The film included
the world outside of Truvy's, and the
audience encountered the men. In
the play, however, the audience must
depend solely upon each woman's
testimony, a unique quality that
Hunsberger said he hopes would not
only enhance the intimacy and sense
of community among the characters,
but also intensify the audience's em-
pathy. The play provides no male
characters through which to judge
the validity of the women's stories,
and as a result, the viewer gets to
know the characters move intimately.
Though Harling derived his title
from a colloquialism, Hunsberger
related another explanation, though
he is skeptical of its truth. A friend
told him that a Steel Magnolia refers
to a primitive hair-perming
apparatus resembling a brass tree,
the branches of which connect to a
woman's head. About his friend, the
director said, "[He or she] might
have been kidding, but. . . it sure
could make sense."
Hunsberger said he perceived
Harling's play as significant in its
depiction of women dealing with
birth, marriage and death, with "a
tensile kind of strength that belies
what you see on the surface."
STEEL MAGNOLIAS will be per-
formed at the Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre tonight through Sat. at 8
p.m. and on Sat. only at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10-$13, with discounts
for students and seniors.
If the phrase "dancin'fool" has ever applied to anyone, it's Gregory Hines, who has once again made the mistake
of trying to act. This time,,he plays killer android hunter Jim McQuade, depicted here with Renee Soutendijk, who
plays both the killer android and its inventor, Dr. Eve Simmons.
Eve has a
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Eve of Destruction
dir. Duncan Gibbins
by Jen Bilik
A disproportionate number of hor-
ror movies stem from two books that
have become ingrained in our
culture as mythical archetypes: Mary
Shelley's Frankenstein and Robert
case of penis
Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and dicate cu
Mr. Hyde. While Frankenstein indi- realm of
cates our worst fears about science, making
technology and reproduction, Dr. regurgita
Jekyll and Mr. Hyde derives its hor- themselv
ror from the psychological acuity Eve of
with which it plays out the ludicrou
"doppleganger" theme - the inter- matches
play of two characters, one of whom sociologi
acts out the repressed desires of the as a w
Quality films would seem to in-
ultural myth, but it's in the
f B-movies and poor film-
that these stories are
ated, without awareness of
ves as purveyors of tradition.
f Destruction, though
sly and entertainingly bad,
:s its predecessors as
ically interesting rather than
nce. It's a veritable hodge-
See EVE, Page 8
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