Steel Magnolias at IRT

The Indiana Repertory Theatre closes its 2021-2022 season with Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling’s off-Broadway hit which inspired a blockbuster movie of the same name. Created with IRT’s co-producing partner, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the production runs May 10 – June 5, 2022 on the OneAmerica Mainstage.

About the show

In Steel Magnolias, six women from all walks of life experience the everyday joys and tears of small-town living, while gathered at their favorite hair salon. When tragedy strikes, the play reveals the steely bonds of compassion and love that hold true friends together. The show brings to the stage the familiar and beloved characters, like the wise-cracking Truvy, her eager new assistant Annelle, curmudgeonly Ouiser, millionaire Miss Clairee, local social leader M’lynn, and her truth-talking daughter Shelby.

Led by Laura Gordon, the production was developed by an all-female design team. The creative team stayed true to the time period in which Steel Magnolias was originally set: the mid-1980s. Costume designer and Arkansas-raised Holly Payne used her experience growing up as a woman in the South to select authentic period costumes that are true to the era and location of the show. Complete with excellent design details, Steel Magnolias includes witty banter, memorable one-liners, and the timeless celebration of community that makes the story such a pop culture favorite.

Tickets and information

WHERE: Indiana Repertory Theatre, 140 W. Washington Street, OneAmerica Mainstage Theatre

RUN DATES:  May 10 – June 5, various times. Steel Magnolias is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. Tickets and performance schedule available at, or call the box office at (317)-635-5252.

TICKETS: Tickets start at $25.


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