New York City
Truvy’s Beauty Salon is the unofficial hub of Chinquapin, LA. It is here
that these softhearted “magnolias” with the steely disposition come to chitchat with, counsel, criticize and comfort one another. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose
daughter, Shelby, is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Steel Magnolias is alternately hilarious and touching. The play focuses on the camaraderie of these six Southern women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times – – and comfort and repair one another through the worst.