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STEEL MAGNOLIAS: Comedy from True Life at The Drama Group

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is coming to The Drama Group
STEEL MAGNOLIAS is coming to The Drama Group. (IMAGE SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A comedy-drama is coming to The Drama Group: STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Playwright Robert Harling based the story in part on his sister, Susan Harling Robinson who died in 1985 of complications from diabetes. The play will open on February 17 and run through February 26.

Show times for STEEL MAGNOLIAS are 7:30 pm beginning Friday, February 17,18, 23, 24, and 25; Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm February 19 and 26.

The Drama Group now has an online ticketing service using BookTix Ticketing and Livestreaming. All tickets are available by going to The Drama Group BookTix website, where you will be directed to set up your account with “The Drama Group-BookTix Box Office.” Or you may always opt to call their Box Office at 708-755-3444.


  • Masks will no longer be required for audience members.
  • The Drama Group still encourages people to wear masks while in the building.
  • This policy is subject to change.


Truvy Jones runs a successful beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies in the neighborhood have a standing Saturday appointment. Along with her anxious and eager assistant, Annelle, Truvy styles the hair of many of the women about town: wealthy widow and former first lady of Chinquapin, Clairee Belcher, local curmudgeon Ouiser Boudreaux, intelligent and compassionate career woman M’Lynn, and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl in town. As the women of Chinquapin make their way over life’s many hurdles together, they find comfort (and a fair amount of verbal ribbing) in one another. “You have no idea how wonderful you are,” M’Lynn tells the ladies at the end of the play. Truvy responds, with a smile, “Of course we do.”

“As part of The Drama Group’s ongoing Community Outreach programs, we will be hosting an awareness campaign to focus on Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes,” Tina Zagone says in the release about the play. “The Drama Group is partnering with Franciscan Health to set up a display in the lobby during the performances of STEEL MAGNOLIAS and make available brochures and information on Diabetes in all its obvious and silent forms.”

Betty Wigell Truvvy Homewood, IL
Laila London Annelle Flossmoor, IL
Cathleen Drakulich Clairee Lansing, IL
Mary Kate Bullaro Shelby Chicago, IL
Betsy Manzoni M’Lynn  Joliet, IL
Deborah Cairns Ouiser Park Forest, IL
 Production Team
Suzanne Ashlock Director Homewood, IL
Mary Ellen Fawk Assistant Director Chicago Heights, IL
PJ Janicki Set Design Chicago, IL
Annette Sullivan Construction Lead Homewood, IL
Barbie Whitney Paint Chair Richton Park, IL
Jennifer Larkin Light design New Lenox, IL
Stacy Norris Sound Design Homewood, IL
Gemia Allen Sound Board South Holland, IL
Elise Greene Costume Design Tinley Park, IL
Lauren Payne Costumes Crete, IL
Kyna Simpson Hair & Make up Matteson, IL
Arleen Freeman Props / Decor South Holland, IL
Muriel Williams Props / Décor Chicago Heights, IL
Rhonda Turner Stage Manager Homewood, ILHea
Rose Crockett Production Manager Chicago Heights, IL
Meghan Hoyt Social Media / Instagram Flossmoor, IL
Diane Kaffka Publicity / Cast interviews Tinley Park, IL
Tina Zagone   Marketing / Publicity Olympia Fields, IL

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