Crimes of the Heart, a touching play chronicling the lives of three Southern sisters living in a tiny Mississippi town, exposes us to the joys and warmth of sibling togetherness: gunshot wound to the gut, failed showbiz career, inability to find true love and the lurking, sick smell of death for some old cocker. Kinda makes your family sound like the Huxtables. Playwright Beth Henley won the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1981 for the play, and in 1986 it was adapted for the silver screen with starring turns by Diane Keaton and Sissy Spacek. The stage version has played off-Broadway, on Broadway and in pretty much every local theater with a seating chart and big red curtain. Still, the story is so funny and so Southern you'll leave the show with a thick, countrified accent and the inexplicable craving for a glass of sun tea. Garland Civic Theatre presents Crimes of the Heart through February 16 at the Granville Arts Center. Tickets from $16 to $20. Call 972-485-8884 or visit garlandcivictheatre.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 16, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 24. Continues through Feb. 10, 2008