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  • CCRI Players to present ‘Crimes of the Heart’

    [CREDIT: CCRI] Courtney Cassidy of Tiverton (from left), Madison Ritchey of Portsmouth and Julia Egan of Cranston play Babe, Lenny and Meg Magrath in the CCRI Players’ production of “Crimes of the Heart.”
    [CREDIT: CCRI] Courtney Cassidy of Tiverton (from left), Madison Ritchey of Portsmouth and Julia Egan of Cranston play Babe, Lenny and Meg Magrath in the CCRI Players’ production of “Crimes of the Heart.”

    WARWICK, RI — The Community College of Rhode Island Players willpresent “Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley from Feb. 28 to March 3 in theBobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

    Henley’sPulitzer Prize-winning work is set five years after Hurricane Camille in thesmall town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, in the kitchen of the Magrath sisters –Lenny, the eldest, Meg and Babe, the youngest.

    Theplay begins on Lenny’s 30th birthday, but it is not a happy one. She is hergrandfather’s caretaker, and he has been hospitalized for months. Babe has justshot her husband because she “didn’t like his looks.” This brings Meg back totown from Los Angeles, where she is unsuccessfully pursuing a music career.

    “Whilethis play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, thetale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent thatshe can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake,” wrote the New York

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    Times. The New York Post wrote, “It has heart, wit and a surprisingly zanypassion that must carry all before it … it would certainly be a crime foranyone interested in the theater not to see this play.”

    TheCCRI Players’ production is directed by Professor Bert Silverberg. Set designis by Associate Professor Luke J. Sutherland, with costume design by AssistantProfessor Marilyn Salvatore, lighting design by Steve Williams, sound design byAssociate Professor Theodore Clement and technical direction by Justin Carroll.

    Thestudent cast includes Madison Ritchey of Portsmouth, Courtney Cassidy ofTiverton, Julia Egan and Charee Baez of Cranston, Deryn Leigh Ordway and DanGarcia of Warwick, Andrew Lee and Kyle Dante of Coventry, and David Iacobbo ofRehoboth, Massachusetts. Erika Fay Greenwood of Cranston is the stage manager.

    Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 28 to March 3, and 2 p.m. onSaturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. Open-seating tickets, available at the

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    door, cost $12.

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