The City Theatre Company
3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722     512-524-2870
The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
Celebrate the holidays with Robert Harling’s
wisecracking and wise southern comedy hit

Fall in love with the ladies of Truvy’s Beauty Salon all over again! The City Theatre proudly
presents the holiday production of Robert Harling’s comedic gem, Steel Magnolias. Under
the direction of CTC Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky, performances begin November 20
through January 3rd at The City Theatre. Two shows Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday and
Sunday, November 28th and 29th.

“If you can’t find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me.” - Clairee

These humorous words of wisdom sum up Robert Harling’s 1987 off-Broadway comedy
sensation and subsequent smash film Steel Magnolias. Set in a beauty parlor in
Chinquapin, Louisiana, the play illustrates how the lives of six distinctly different women
interweave via the small town gossip that shadows the unending cycle of life, love, and
laughter. The outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the
shy yet determined Annelle, the curmudgeonly Ouiser, the eccentric yet sensible Miss
Clairee, and the respected and admired M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby, the prettiest girl
in town. Filled with hilarious Southern repartee and humorously revealing verbal collisions,
the play draws on the town’s underlying strength – and love – that gives the story and the
characters the special qualities that make them truly touching, funny, and marvelously
amiable company, in good times and in bad.

“I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years!” - Ouiser

In 1987, when Robert Harling announced that he had written a play, his Louisiana parents
were dumbfounded. A struggling New York actor with a never-used law degree, their son
hadn't been known to compose anything more creative than a college term paper. Then
there was his play's subject matter. Just six months after the death of his 32-year-old sister
from complications of diabetes, Harling was telling the story of her death and transforming it
into a comedy. "I don't think my family knew how to react," admits Harling. "It was sort of like,
'You've written a comedy about that?'” That was then. And now, Steel Magnolias has
become one of the most widely produced plays of all time. Critics raved, calling the play “A
joy” and “deeply moving and skillfully crafted.” Harling went on to adapt the script into a
screenplay for the film version with an all - star cast that included Julia Roberts, Sally Field,
Dolly Parton and Shirley MacLaine. He later concentrated his work as a screenwriter,
creating screenplays for the films The First Wives Club and the sequel to Terms of
Endearment titled The Evening Star.

Artistic Director Andy Berkovsky celebrates his 37th year in theatre with Steel Magnolias,
the seventeenth show he has directed for The City Theatre. Other CTC productions he has
directed include the 2015 premiere Love Alone, Rumors, The Miracle Worker, Parallel
Lives, Cabaret, Into the Woods, Frozen and the B. Iden Payne nominated Agnes of God,
Glengarry Glen Ross and The Boys Next Door.

The production features the talented cast of Samantha Brewer (Truvy),
Heather Bullard (Annelle), Katie Brock (Clairee), Judith Laird (Ouiser),
Tracy Hurd (M’Lynn) and Terah Risner (Shelby).

November 20 – January 3. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 p.m. Sunday 3:00 p.m.
Two shows Thanksgiving weekend, November 28 and 29. No shows December 24 - 31
The City Theatre. 3823 Airport Blvd. 78722 – east corner of Airport Blvd. and 38 ½ Street.  
General Seating $15. Guaranteed Front/2nd Row Reserved $20 - 25.
Students $12. Thursday all seats $10. Group discounts are available.
Reservations 512-524-2870 or
November 20 - January 3