note: entire contents copyright 2016 by Tony Annicone
Camille Terilli plays the huge role of beauty shop owner Truvy excellently. She is the glue that keeps the other ladies together and delivers her many lines with flair while doing the other ladies hair and nails. Camille commands the stage in this role with her expert line delivery and topnotch facial expressions. Camille also delivers the goods in the dramatic last scene, too. Her assistant, the mousey Annelle is played with gusto by Aubrie Bagdasarian. The character starts out as a timid mouse at first. Annelle also becomes a religious zealot who tries to convert the others with humorous results and Aubrie delivers a powerful dramatic moment in the last scene that will leave you in tears.
Janet Daiber as M'Lynn delivers a moving performance as the doting then bereaved mother. She displays her love for her daughter, Shelby in an emotional speech about being there when Shelby came into the world as well as when she left it. It is a very poignant moment in this show and she gives a gut wrenching performance. Her daughter, Shelby is played by Jessica Rogers As Shelby, she displays the bubbly behavior before the wedding. We learn later that she is a diabetic and shouldn't have children. Jessica gives her a backbone when she tells her mother she is pregnant and when we learn she needs a kidney transplant. This last scene is emotion packed and well done+.
The two biggest scene stealers in this show are Jane Cartier as Clariee and Alyce Hagopian as Ouiser. Their funny banter has you laughing at their antics. Alyce's first entrance is gangbusters. She brings down the house with her comic expertise. One of her best lines is that she has been in a bad mood for forty years. Jane is marvelous whether she is delivering a comic line, "If you don't have anything nice to say, sit beside me" or tugging on your heartstrings in the last scene. These two actresses deliver their one liners brilliantly as well as delivering the pathos in the last scene. So for a look at a well written Southern show, be sure to catch "Steel Magnolias" at Community Players.