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'Steel Magnolias' a show for everyone
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Forsyth County News

One of my all-time favorite movies is “Steel Magnolias.”

I was excited to hear the Gypsy Theatre Company has brought back its production of this classic to the Cumming Playhouse.

When I told Paul about the show, he suggested I get together with some of my girlfriends and go see it.

I explained that his cultural “tank” was a bit low and that we were going to see the show together. After nearly 23 years of marriage, he knows when he’s in the “non-negotiable” realm, and so he agreed.

We went to a matinee show last Sunday. The verdict? It was fabulous.

First off, if you’ve never been to the Cumming Playhouse, you are missing a local treasure. There are so many historical artifacts and local folklore, it’s worth a visit to spend time learning about our county’s rich history.

The theater is fantastic. There is no bad seat in the place. I’m always surprised when people tell me they’ve never been to the playhouse, some not even knowing we had a theater here.

I have seen quite a few shows at the playhouse over the years, and I can promise you that it offers excellent shows year-round.

Danielle Gustaveson and husband Mercury run the Gypsy Theatre Company, one of the theatrical outfits operating out of the playhouse.
Before seeing “Steel Magnolias,” I assumed one of the characters would sort of jump out as a “lead,” but that didn’t happen. Instead, the six women together were spectacular. Their timing was spot on and their chemistry was obvious. What a true ensemble.

The set also is impressive. The attention to detail wasn’t missed by me; it looked like the characters were in a real hair salon back in the 1980s.

Mercury knows how to build a set and, in fact, has won several awards for his set-building finesse.

Reading the actors’ bios was impressive, as is Mercury’s 25-plus years of experience as actor and director.

Another thing I love about seeing a show at the playhouse is that you can purchase tickets online and even see what seats are available.

And with Tam’s Backstage downstairs, you can have dinner and see the show for a lovely outing right here in Cumming … no Atlanta traffic, which is always a good thing.

Danielle told me this production is particularly special, since it is the first show the Gypsy Theatre Company performed at the playhouse, back in 2009. Two of the current actresses also were in the play four years ago.

Danielle said people kept calling, disappointed they missed the 2009 production.

The current production runs through March 24, so you still have time to see it.

You will love “Steel Magnolias.” For those of you wondering about Paul, yes, he said he would absolutely recommend it — even to men who think it is only a show for women. It is a great story and highly entertaining.

I can’t wait to see the Gypsy Theatre’s production of “Treasure Island” this summer.

Let’s all support the arts, especially those working in our own community.

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at