Oklahoma City Theatre Company presents “Crimes of the Heart”

Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning “Crimes of the Heart” on view at Civic Center Music Hall.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: February 15, 2013
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Fields made a good theatrical “loose cannon,” spinning tall tales for her grandfather's benefit about her on-hold singing career, and briefly taking up again with a married man whose plan to become a doctor she — and a hurricane — earlier sidetracked.

J. Collin Spring got across the “once burned, twice shy” willingness of the man in question, ironically nicknamed “Doc,” to at least go on a romantic nocturnal truck drive with Meg, if not renew their affair.

Kyle Reed offered a sympathetic, straightforward portrayal of Barnette, a handsome and astute young lawyer who gives up his “vendetta” against her husband to save his client, Babe, whom he bought a pound cake from at a charity bazaar.

Adding to the humorous equation, and especially to the play's Southern “busybody” factor, was Peggy Free, who did a good job of being comically annoying, in her part as the meddling cousin the sisters call “Chick the Stick.”

Dated in some ways, but perhaps benefiting from younger people's nostalgia for such curiosities as an old-fashioned dial telephone, the production, directed by Rachel Irick, made it clear why the offbeat but endearing play won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

It is recommended during the rest of its run in the Civic Center Music Hall's intimate basement theater space, which makes it easy to relate to the three sisters, as they eventually rebond as a family.

— John Brandenburg

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THEATER REVIEW

‘Crimes of the Heart'

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.

Information: 297-2264 or www.okctheatrecompany.org.

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