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Henry Players to stage 'The Women'

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

The Henry Players' latest offering is all about "The Women."

The theater group will stage "The Women" Feb. 18 through Feb. 21 with an all-female cast and mostly female crew, according to Rebecca Dingbaum, president of the Henry Players and a co-director of the performance.

"The Women," written by Clare Boothe Luce, is set in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and involves dozens of characters.

"It has everything from wisdom to the catfight," said Dingbaum. "It's what happens when you have 30 women telling you what to do."

The story revolves around a woman who learns her husband is having an affair with a woman who sells perfume, she said.

"She listens to her girlfriends, who advise her she needs to get a divorce," said Dingbaum. "We go through how she handles that advice, [and] we see what happens when you're with your girlfriends. Sometimes it's good advice, sometimes it's not."

Performances will be held at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, at 37 Lemon Street in McDonough. Show times are Feb. 18 through Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for children, senior citizens and students.

Dingbaum said the Saturday performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired by eight women.

In addition to the women portraying all 30 characters, the production will also have a primarily female stage crew. Dingbaum said the only men involved will be Assistant Director Matt Middlebrook, and Sound Technician Ralph McKee.

The performances will give the actresses an opportunity to showcase their stage skills, Dingbaum said.

"We always have a lot of females that are interested in performing for us, and it's important to be able to cast as many as we could," she added. "In fact, it's good to find a piece where we could put as much talent on stage as possible."

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