A great production of ‘Crimes of the Heart’

| April 6, 2011
Brantley Dunaway plays Doc and Laura Obenauf is Babe.

Brantley Dunaway plays Doc and Laura Obenauf is Babe.

Congratulations to Bunbury Theatre, 604 S. Third St., celebrating its 25th anniversary with a production of my cousin Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart.”

Performances are through April 17: Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday; no performance on Saturday, April 16.

General admission tickets are $21, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and $8 for children under 12. Call 502.585.5306 or visit www.bunburytheatre.org.

Beth came to Louisville in 1979 for the opening of “Crimes of the Heart” as described in a recent Social Side.

She completed her play in 1978 and submitted it to several regional theaters without success.

Unknown to her, a friend entered it in the Great American Play Contest at Actors Theatre of Louisville. It was a hit and named co-winner. It opened in February of 1979 at the company’s annual festival of New American Plays. The production was extremely well received, and numerous regional theaters selected the play for their 1979-80 season.

Mera Corlett plays Lenny Magrath.

Mera Kathryn Corlett plays Lenny Magrath.

“Crimes of the Heart” has played all over the world and translated into different languages (how do you say “ya’ll” in Chinese?) “Ya’ll” is Southern for “you all” and plural. You never refer to one person as ya’ll. You never say “I love ya’ll” if you mean “I love you, will you marry me?”

Bunbury Theatre director is Juergen K. Tossman. Mera Corlett plays Lenny Magrath, “Chick” is Racquel Cecil, “Doc” is Brantley Dunaway and “Babe” (the lead) is Laura Obenauf.

This column is dedicated to the memory of Beth Henley’s mother, the late actress and my first cousin, Lydy Henley, adored by everyone who met her – funny, loyal, generous and magnetic in personality.

Lydy was killed by an intruder at 3 a.m. at her home in Jackson, Miss. The thief broke in to steal her car keys. She fought him.

Every day before her funeral, a different church choir sang hymns while mourners placed flowers in her front yard.
The years cannot erase her memory.

Silk Cookies

Pomp & Ceremony at Keeneland

Keeneland, which opens its Spring Meet Friday, April 9, sent The Voice-Tribune the most original press release I’ve ever seen: A box of delicious Desserts by Helen cookies, shaped like jockey silks iced in bright colors.

I recall one Keeneland meet on a warm spring day attended by Queen Elizabeth II complete with world TV coverage and fans from all over the country.

Our cowboy guest from Texas came running back to the box.

“I saw the Queen!” he exclaimed. “She must be hot – she was wearing gloves!”

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Lucie Blodgett
Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.

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