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Theatre Raleigh’s Production of “Crimes of the Heart” Is as Real as Real Life

Beth Henley’s tragicomedy “Crimes of the Heart” zeroes in on three dysfunctional-but-charming sisters as they confront one another and themselves, owning up to past and present mistakes. This mass-confrontation is set in motion by spunky Babe, endearingly portrayed by Maigan Kennedy, who has recently shot her husband, something about which she feels no remorse. Seemingly… Read More ›

The Real Humor in Beth Henley’s 1980 Comedy, “Crimes of the Heart,” Comes from Its Grit

Why do so many Southern writers deal so much with quirky, neurotic, and unhappy characters? Is it residue self-loathing from the Civil War? The loss of personal worth accompanying the fall from high societal status? The admixture of overwhelming wealth and power with poverty and helplessness? Why does it seem more pronounced in the literature… Read More ›

Kirsten Ehlert zestfully portrays town slut-turned-beauty pageant contestant Carnelle Scott in "The Miss Firecracker Contest" (photo by Stuart Wagner)

“The Miss Firecracker Contest” Fizzles at RLT

The Southern Gothic characters of the “The Miss Firecracker Contest” do not lead lives of quiet desperation. Starting with Brookhaven, MS town slut-turned local beauty pageant contestant Carnelle Scott (zestfully portrayed by Kirsten Ehlert), “Crimes of the Heart” playwright Beth Henley’s frisky fictional creations are one big hot mess after another.

Kirsten Ehlert stars as Carnelle Scott of Brookhaven, MS, who will do anything to win the town's annual Fourth of July Miss Firecracker contest, including tap dance and somersault to ''The Star-Spangled Banner,'' while clenching a sparkler in her teeth (photo by Stuart Wagner)

See Beth Henley’s a Splendid Southern Gothic Comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest” on Feb. 10-26 at RLT

Kirsten Ehlert stars as Carnelle Scott of Brookhaven, MS, in “The Miss Firecracker Contest” by Beth Henley. Carnelle will do anything to win the town’s annual Fourth of July beauty pageant, including tap dance and somersault to ”The Star-Spangled Banner,” while clenching a sparkler in her teeth.