When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16 2017
Robert Harling's slice-of-Southern-life play Steel Magnolias inspired a hit film that continues to be a favorite of women everywhere. The faithful are familiar with the plot, but for those that haven't seen it, here goes: Shelby Eatenton and her mother M'Lynn live in a small Louisiana town, the center of which is Truvy's in-home beauty parlor. Truvy's regulars — the Eatenton women; Clairee, the widow of the former mayor; and Ouiser, a wealthy curmudgeon — are joined by Annelle, Truvy's new apprentice from out of town. Over the next three years the ladies grow closer as Shelby gets married, risks her life to have a baby and then falls seriously ill. Life changes in big ways for some of them and in small ways for others, but throughout they only grow closer. Stray Dog Theatre presents Steel Magnolias at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (November 30 to December 16) at the Tower Grove Abbey (2336 Tennessee Avenue; www.straydogtheatre.org). Tickets are $25 to $30.