Performing Arts

April 20, 2014 11:30 AM

MET’s ‘Steel Magnolias’ blends laughter, tears and friendship

The reason Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” seems destined to be produced in perpetuity is its remarkable ability to generate belly laughs and involuntary tears in the course of two hours. The play isn’t exactly a farce. Neither is it a melodrama. And it’s not really a comedy of manners. But it has elements of all of the above.

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