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Crimes of the Heart

  • Directed by Bob Cline
  • Opened November 2, 2007

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The Chatham Community Players kick off their 86th season with Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Beth Henley's dramatic comedy takes audiences to Hazlehurst, Mississippi where the Magrath sisters are trying to make sense of their troubled lives and cope with their latest family disaster. Crimes of the Heart is enormously popular - a compassionate portrait of good country people whose lives have gone terribly, terribly wrong, with hilarious results.

Bob Cline of New York directs the play. Bob is elated to be back at The Chatham Players after directing Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean here last season. Past Chatham directing credits include Pippin, Into the Woods and To Kill a Mockingbird. Bob recently directed and choreographed Into the Woods, and also won the Samuel French Festival with his production of Bright Apple Crush in New York City. Other favorite credits include: Assassins for 4th Wall Theatre, The Full Monty at Studio Players, Showboat and Side Show for the Montclair Operatta Club, Company at the Lucille Lortell, A New Brain (PERRY Award Best Director and Production), Songs for a New World (PERRY nomination Best Director), Falsettos (PERRY nomination Best Production of a Musical), and Violet (PERRY nominations Best Production and Best Director), Is There Life After High School, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell and Nunsense.

The cast includes Liz Royce of Cedar Grove as Lenny Magrath, Sarah Pharaon of Maplewood as Meg Magrath, Suzanne Houston of Summit as Babe Magrath, Janet Swaim of Warren as Chick Boyle, Bill Schineller of Kinnelon as Doc Porter, and Michael Rush of Clifton as Barnette Lloyd.

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Performance dates are November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17at 8:00PM and November 11 at 3:00PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth/senior.