The Arc Theatre presents Robert Harling’s American classic “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Artistic Director Mark Boergers, through Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Red Curtain Theater at the First Congregational Church House, 1417 Hinman Ave. in Evanston.

“Steel Magnolias” features Nicholia Q. Aguirre as Clairee, Meg Elliott as Ouiser, Brookelyn Hébert as Shelby, Natalie Sallee* as M’Lynn, Lucy Sandy as Truvy and Nikkia Tyler as Annelle.

Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, “Steel Magnolias” is the play that inspired the blockbuster movie. Six women from different generations share laughter, love and loss at Truvy’s Beauty Salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana — where anybody who’s anybody goes to get their hair done.

Best friends Ouiser and Clairee trade scathing quips as the younger generations prepare for Shelby’s impending nuptials and then celebrate her married life. When life throws a devastating curve ball at Shelby and her mother, M’Lynn, these life long friends band together to navigate rough tides with grace, new hairdos and wills made of steel.  

The production team for STEEL MAGNOLIAS includes Cailin Short and Mark Boergers (set design), Catharine Young (costume design), Matt Reich (sound design) and Jaclynn Joslin (stage manager).

Tickets are available online.


Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.