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  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.; Acting Edition edition (October 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822210789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822210788
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the story line and it's a great script to keep with my colleciton.
Mary J. Kibbe
The play is well written, with natural dialogue and a perfect blend of humor and tragedy, truly displaying the strength of these Southern "steel magnolias."
S. Widder
I will study the script for upcoming auditions at the local community theater.
Gail R. Gilbert

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Widder on January 7, 2006
A touching play telling the story of six Southern women, all the action is set in the beauty shop in which they spend their Saturdays and spans the course of a couple years. Each of the women have their own conflict that they come to terms with over the course of the play, most of them dealing with their relationships with one another and other people in their lives. From Clairee and Ouiser, aging women dealing with the losses of their husbands, Truvy with her own dead-beat husband and the appearance of Annelle in her life, to Annelle seeking direction in her life and reconciliation with her past. The center of the story is M'Lynn and her newlywed daughter Shelby, as they try to find the happy medium in their relationships with their husbands and with each other. Every woman, though, gets her moment in teh spotlight and all of them change significantly over the course of the play. The play is well written, with natural dialogue and a perfect blend of humor and tragedy, truly displaying the strength of these Southern "steel magnolias."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kaylyn K. Bautista on July 22, 2006
I'm glad I was able to find this book since our booksellers don't carry it. I had a project for school and this play was suggested. After reading the script along with the movie I absolutely loved it. The story touched me through the up and down friendship between the five women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Grace on March 8, 2005
I haven't read this play but I recently saw it performed. It was abosolutely wonderful! It is this story of six women who live in a small town in Louisiana, who spend their Saturdays in a beauty shop. One of the characters, Shelby, gets married towards the beginning of the play. She has diabetes and is told by her doctor that she shouldn't have children, but she wants children so badly that she has a baby anyway... I think you see where this is going. This is a very touching and humorous play and recommend this to everyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2004
Being privelaged to see the New York premiere of this work many years ago, I was thrilled to see the movie when it came out (also many years ago). This is a "one-of-a-kind" play and really can't be put into any category with the exception of "Southern." That said, it holds up as well today as it did when it first came out. Funny, sad, well-paced, and above all, well-written, this stellar tour-de-force piece of theatre will take you through all the emotions--and then some.
Also recommended: McCrae's BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2014
STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a play in two acts, each with two scenes, played by six actresses on a single set. It debuted in 1987, when an off-Broadway production ran over a thousand performances. It was less successful on Broadway, but a 1989 film version was a box office hit, and it has been a popular choice for community theatres and regional theatres ever since.

Set in a somewhat ramshackle small-town Louisiana beauty parlor, the play is less a story than a series of comic character studies. M'Lynn, a counselor; Clairee, widow of the former mayor; and Quiser, a ridiculously rich but cantankerous woman, usually meet at the beauty parlor on Saturday mornings, where their hairstyle needs are tended to by owner and operator Truvvy. As the play begins, Truvvy has hired an assistant, Annelle, a strangely anxious young woman. They welcome M'Lynn's daughter Shelby, who is having her hair styled for her wedding, which will be held later that day. Once collected under the same roof, the six women gossip, happily bicker, and exchange clever insults. In the process, we learn several facts, most particularly that Shelby is diabetic and that Annelle's husband has abandoned her under possibly criminal circumstances.

All six women are reunited twice more as the play progresses. At Christmas the big news is that Shelby is going to have a baby--something the women celebrate until M'Lynn reveals that Shelby's particular form of diabetes makes it very dangerous for her to have a child. Although M'Lynn and Shelby quarrel, the women ultimately decide to "focus on the joy of the occasion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mama4 on December 12, 2011
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my daughter will try out for out local theater production of this play and it was well worth ordering the script online so she could see the difference in the play and movie before going to read for the part. Script does not disappoint, all scenes take place in the beauty shop unlike the movie. Order process was easy, arrived on time as stated, in new condition.
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By Jenni on February 27, 2000
Steel Magnolias is a well written play that is easy to read. It describes the life of 5 ladies and causes you to feel as if you are a part of their lives. It is a moving book and expresses the power of love and friendship and endurance. It shows how the life of one can easily affect many others. We often take for granted the ones we love. This play helps the reader to realize this. I really enjoyed reading this play.
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By Big Louie on July 7, 2014
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Great for audition prep.
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