GENEVA – The hit play "Crimes of the Heart" will be performed for two weekends from Oct. 4 to 12 at Playhouse 38 in Geneva.

Written by Beth Henley, the play is directed by Frank Del Giudice, along with assistant director and stage manager Nickolena Sellen, a news release stated.

The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital.

Their troubles, grave and yet somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her.

In the end, the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future – but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended, according to the release.

“The journey that the Magrath girls take is eye-opening and very revealing as they rediscover family,” Del Giudice stated in the release.

The “tragic comedy” won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play.

“This show is a serious drama, but offers a great deal of comedy, which makes casting and directing it a lot of fun,” Del Giudice said.

The characters and their actors are Lenny (Brooke McGehee of Geneva), Chick (Beth Quigley of Bartlett), Doc (Josh Durham of Dundee), Meg (Nicole Urso of Streamwood), Babe (Jess Smith of Elgin) and Barnette (Hermez Abraham of Skokie).

The show deals with mature material and is not recommended for children. People are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at, or at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center or Sunset Community Center. Playhouse 38 is the cultural arts facility of the Geneva Park District.

If you go

WHAT: Playhouse 38 presents "Crimes of the Heart"

WHERE: Playhouse 38, 321 Stevens St., suite P, at rear of building

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 and 10 to 12, and 3 p.m. Oct. 6

COST: $15 in advance or $20 at the door

INFO: 630-232-4542,