What a family reunion! Granddad's dying. Babe's just killed her abusive husband. Meg's coming home from Hollywood not a star but a nervous wreck, and Lenny, all of 30, sees old age staring back in the mirror. Of the eight plays written by Beth Henley since she graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1974, her first, Crimes of the Heart, remains the funniest and most tender. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this Southern gothic comedy is set in the sleepy town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, five years after Hurricane Camille. It became a movie with Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard, but see it onstage as intended and celebrate the opening of Circle Theatre's silver anniversary season.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m. Starts: Jan. 19. Continues through Feb. 25