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October 5, 2012
* STEEL MAGNOLIAS. 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime. WHEN I first heard Lifetime was remaking "Steel Magnolias," a movie I happily left behind in the theater in 1989 and hadn't rewatched all the way through until this week, I thought: Why bother? I vaguely remembered the star-studded original, perhaps a little unfairly, as an over-the-top, Southern-fried weepfest. But plenty of other women loved it, and probably wouldn't take kindly to anyone messing with it. It's a good thing, then, that Lifetime wasn't messing around with just anyone.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2005 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
In a note to his script for Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling says he doesn't want the denizens of a Southern beauty parlor played as caricatures. But the play is largely constructed around one-liners, which yields characters who are at best two-dimensional. Harling's celebration of Louisiana sisterhood was an Off-Broadway hit in the '80s, and he later turned Steel Magnolias into an all-star box-office draw as a film with a cast led by Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Julia Roberts.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Steel Magnolias is one of those movies that signal the passage of time by the prominent placement of Easter eggs, pumpkins and Christmas wreaths. It would seem that life is always a holiday but never a picnic in Chinquapin, La., where the women laugh through tears and the men are peevish. In Chinquapin, every wedding, football game, christening, Christmas, terminal illness and funeral requires a customized coiffure from one of the stylists, excuse us, glamour technicians, at Truvy's Beauty Spot, hub of cultural life.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
For a woman who has played villains and decidedly nasty women for most of her career - from Clint Eastwood's tormentor in Play Misty for Me to Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development to the voice of Malory Archer in FX's spy send-up Archer - Jessica Walter is unfailingly polite. She was late for our phone call and apologized profusely throughout our conversation. "I never do this!" she said over and over again. Walter is in Bucks County for the next month to play another nasty piece of work: Ouiser in the Bucks County Playhouse's Steel Magnolias . Shirley MacLaine famously played the part in the 1989 movie version.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Richard Harling has written a number of works populated mainly by female characters that show a deft understanding of his subject matter. While the "not about us without us" crowd might frown upon a man writing fairly exclusively about women, Bucks County Playhouse's engaging, star-studded production of Harling's 1987 Steel Magnolias teems with realities that transcend the localized, historical flair of this play. Steel Magnolias obliquely refers to the six women of Harling's cast, three generations of resilient Louisiana small-town wives and mothers that congregate regularly at Truvy's beauty salon.
NEWS
February 17, 1995 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
To know whether you should spend six hours with "A Woman of Independent Means," first take the "Steel Magnolias" test: Which of the following statements best describes your feeling about the film "Steel Magnolias"? a) I saw it five times and think the saddest part is when Julia Roberts dies. b) I saw it once and think the saddest part is that Julia Roberts gets her hair cut. c) I think viewing "Steel Magnolias" is largely responsible for the precipitous drop-off in sperm counts in recent years.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Steel Magnolias Through June 18 at Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Tickets: $40-$84. Information: 215-862-2121 or www.bcptheater.org
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1989 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Steel Magnolias" is the kind of movie that's been used as a substitute for heavy drama in Hollywood - a bunch of big stars playing a bunch of endearing characters, one of whom gets really sick. Nothing like a life- threatening disease to jack up the dramatic intensity, a ploy that paid off in Oscars for "Terms of Endearment" and has been reapplied to movies like "Dad. " In defense of "Steel Magnolias," its story of a diabetic woman who chooses to have a child despite almost certain adverse health consequences is inspired by actual events.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
Never dismiss the power of an excellent cast to supply some brio to a wan play. Good thing, too, because I can't imagine a so-so cast trying to bring off   the dated Steel Magnolias , whose characters often toss barbs that seem more scripted than natural. But at Bristol Riverside Theatre, where Steel Magnolias opened Thursday night, at least I found joy in watching superior acting. And not just that - superior ensemble acting. The story of six women living close-knit, hick-town lives takes place in a beauty shop, where the characters are almost always together during the four scenes spanning two acts.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 1989 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
If Julia Roberts is intimidated by her first starring role in a major motion picture and her first encounter with an international corps of reporters, she isn't showing it. Roberts, one of the leads in the heavily hyped "Steel Magnolias," sits down at a table full of reporters, lights a Marlboro and winces slightly when someone asks her if she's always wanted to be an actress. "No. I wanted to be a veterinarian," she sighs, taking a puff. "So, I joined the 4-H Club, took care of our own pets - and I became an actress.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Richard Harling has written a number of works populated mainly by female characters that show a deft understanding of his subject matter. While the "not about us without us" crowd might frown upon a man writing fairly exclusively about women, Bucks County Playhouse's engaging, star-studded production of Harling's 1987 Steel Magnolias teems with realities that transcend the localized, historical flair of this play. Steel Magnolias obliquely refers to the six women of Harling's cast, three generations of resilient Louisiana small-town wives and mothers that congregate regularly at Truvy's beauty salon.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Steel Magnolias Through June 18 at Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Tickets: $40-$84. Information: 215-862-2121 or www.bcptheater.org
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
For a woman who has played villains and decidedly nasty women for most of her career - from Clint Eastwood's tormentor in Play Misty for Me to Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development to the voice of Malory Archer in FX's spy send-up Archer - Jessica Walter is unfailingly polite. She was late for our phone call and apologized profusely throughout our conversation. "I never do this!" she said over and over again. Walter is in Bucks County for the next month to play another nasty piece of work: Ouiser in the Bucks County Playhouse's Steel Magnolias . Shirley MacLaine famously played the part in the 1989 movie version.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2013 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Two women, driven by desperation into friendship. In the right hands, this plot forms the basis for exciting buddy comedies ( Thelma & Louise ) or emotionally engaging period pieces ( Enchanted April , Steel Magnolias ). In Michael Whistler's heavy-handed The Prescott Method: Easy Steps to Perfect Bread Baking, Every Time , it inspires little but a desire to check one's watch. This 75-minute time-waster, now receiving its world premiere at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, follows a few months in the lives of town pariah Veronica (Madi Distefano)
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the 1970s, when youth gang violence gripped many Philadelphia neighborhoods, Frances Adams, a mother of 11 from South Philadelphia, attacked the problem - with a baseball bat. Along with North Philadelphia's Jean Hobson, Mrs. Adams led Mothers Concerned, a group of women dedicated to ending the almost-daily carnage on the city's streets. Mrs. Adams, 81, a South Philadelphia activist who, over three decades, took more than 100 foster children into her home, died Monday, Nov. 19, of dementia at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
* STEEL MAGNOLIAS. 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime. WHEN I first heard Lifetime was remaking "Steel Magnolias," a movie I happily left behind in the theater in 1989 and hadn't rewatched all the way through until this week, I thought: Why bother? I vaguely remembered the star-studded original, perhaps a little unfairly, as an over-the-top, Southern-fried weepfest. But plenty of other women loved it, and probably wouldn't take kindly to anyone messing with it. It's a good thing, then, that Lifetime wasn't messing around with just anyone.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
Never dismiss the power of an excellent cast to supply some brio to a wan play. Good thing, too, because I can't imagine a so-so cast trying to bring off   the dated Steel Magnolias , whose characters often toss barbs that seem more scripted than natural. But at Bristol Riverside Theatre, where Steel Magnolias opened Thursday night, at least I found joy in watching superior acting. And not just that - superior ensemble acting. The story of six women living close-knit, hick-town lives takes place in a beauty shop, where the characters are almost always together during the four scenes spanning two acts.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2005 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
In a note to his script for Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling says he doesn't want the denizens of a Southern beauty parlor played as caricatures. But the play is largely constructed around one-liners, which yields characters who are at best two-dimensional. Harling's celebration of Louisiana sisterhood was an Off-Broadway hit in the '80s, and he later turned Steel Magnolias into an all-star box-office draw as a film with a cast led by Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Julia Roberts.
NEWS
May 22, 1997 | By Acel Moore
When I was a young reporter, I often wrote about a half-dozen outstanding female community leaders whose efforts 25 years ago contributed to the end of that era's street-gang violence. Sister Falaka Fattah, Sarah Gibson, Jean Hobson, Frances Adams, Edwina Baker, Elizabeth Bacone, Annie Canty and the late Blanche Nixon are true examples of grassroots leadership. Because of their immense strength of character, their belief in the extended family and their courage to tackle head-on the problems of inner-city youngsters, I referred to them in a column five years ago as "Philadelphia's Steel Magnolias.
NEWS
February 17, 1995 | by Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
To know whether you should spend six hours with "A Woman of Independent Means," first take the "Steel Magnolias" test: Which of the following statements best describes your feeling about the film "Steel Magnolias"? a) I saw it five times and think the saddest part is when Julia Roberts dies. b) I saw it once and think the saddest part is that Julia Roberts gets her hair cut. c) I think viewing "Steel Magnolias" is largely responsible for the precipitous drop-off in sperm counts in recent years.
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