Review Written by: Anna Alexander For years the overall praise and appreciation I’ve heard about Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling has been somewhat overwhelming. Set in Truvy’s Beauty Shop in a small town in Louisiana, the play revolves around the lives of six different women. The play starts off with Truvy, the charismatic and fun beauty shop owner who lives for the latest town gossip, is getting her hair done by Annelle, the shy but hopeful beauty shop assistant. Later Clairee, a widow of the recently deceased mayor of the town is introduced, she is at the beauty shop for her regular hair touch ups. After the exchange of the latest town gossip and food recipies between Truvy and Clairee are discussed, M’Lynn and her daughter Shelby, the sweetest and prettiest girl in town come in to get their hair done for Shelby’s wedding. Finally Ouiser, the town curmudgeon who is acerbic but very loveable is introduced. Through these women we see snippets of their lives over a course of three years. Together they face heartbreak and change which bring them closer to one another. Robert Harling incorporates these witty and intelligent women into a simple, permanent setting (Truvy’s Beauty Shop) which is the place they always come together. The difference in each character’s personality never brings a dull moment in the play and the comedic yet dramatic touch makes it very enjoyable. The plot is divided into different scenes that show important moments over the course of three years. We are able to see the changes that each woman goes through and the never ending bond they form throughout the years. I HIGHLY recommend this play to anyone who enjoys reading something comedic (with a lot of southern slang) that also has the incorporation of a tragedy. It did not take long to be sucked into this bitter-sweet play and in the end I found myself feeling every emotion possible. Harling did not only create a beautiful play but he created something so unbelievably real that made it impossible to not get attached to the characters lives.