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جنایت‌های دل

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  5,656 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
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. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published 2011 by رخ‌داد نو (first published 1982)
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Jan 23, 2017 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1980 Beth Henley won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her Crimes of the Heart, a three act character study about three sisters in small town Mississippi. Combined with Marsha Norman's Pulitzer for 'night, mother, Henley helped to usher in a new era for southern women's play writing. A compelling play with five distinct characters, Crimes of the Heart is memorable drama.

Lenora "Lenny" McGrath is thirty and unmarried and living in her grandparents' Hazelhurst, Mississippi home. Brought up by h
Sep 16, 2012 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crimes of the Heart, the 1981 Pulitzer prize winning play from Beth Henley was also nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for a Broadway musical.

A later film adaptation featured Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek. At one level this seems like a family version of Sartre’s No Exit, as each character seemed to have created her own hell that was made worse by complex interactions with the others.

A better study, though, shows the strong, resilient endurance by the sisters and their ability to
Jul 13, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So schticky, I love it. Characters sticking heads in ovens because of a bad day, a woman shooting her husband because she didn't like his looks, an inexperienced lawyer claiming to be qualified to take the murder case because of a personal vendetta, characters laughing uncontrollably when they hear horrible news--it's as if this whole play was devised on the spot by a group of actors, and Beth Henley just wrote it all down.

LENNY. Get out of here--
CHICK. Don't you tell me to get out! What makes
Jan 21, 2008 amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
Loved this play. That I played Lenny in our community theatre production of the show didn't hurt my love of it. ;-) It really is a heartwarming story of three sisters each dealing with their own personal demons and issues brought on by how they were treated when they were growing up. Although it appears to be stereotypically southern in humor and behavior, there is a depth,honesty and truth that underlies the relationships portrayed in this story/play..
Allison Berryhill
May 28, 2016 Allison Berryhill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
What a great way to spend my morning! I saw a scene from this play performed recently and just had to read the play. Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and more hilarious. I'd love to see the whole play performed.
Jul 24, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I've always enjoyed this play, although it's difficult to perform with both humor and genuine emotion. Of course, we ruined it when we performed it in high school - but I still enjoyed the reading. (For the record, I played Meg.)

Crimes of the Heart is a truly tender read about three sisters. Meg, Babe, and Lenny are brought back together when a real life crime drama hits a little too close to home.

Meg the wild child of the sisters returns home after living "the dream" in California. She fled the small town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi in order to become a hit singer. The truth is she has long given up her career as a singer and has just finished an extended stay at the mental hospital.

Lenny the responsible sister has been
Eric Mikols
Nov 22, 2011 Eric Mikols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this one. Funny and depressing, all while being wrapped in love, no matter how distorted it gets. The three sisters are great, all different and distinct with great stories. There's a lot of hurt in this play, a lot of unforgiven pain that comes out at the drop of the hat. It was fun reading this and imagining how it would play out on stage, it has great potential to be an amazing show.
It's funny (I cracked up at the Pecan scene) and there's a great levity to the more depressing moments.
Jan 11, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, american, women
Simmering Southern Sadness and Sisterhood
Oct 13, 2016 Mandee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this for my Theatre class. I believe the theme of Crimes of the Heart is how families interact with each other and that no matter how irritating your family may be, they are still your family. With the central idea being family, Henley’s play looks into the relationships between the sisters by comparing and contrasting their lives. Today’s culture still views family life as an important role in society. This is especially true when you live in a small town and everyone knows everything ab ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Highlyeccentric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
On the one hand: damn, this is a fantastically written play. It's what my lighting mentor J dislikes most in plays: emotion-driven plot about women. A++. It does interesting stuff with class and gender - the two men who come onsstage are not the most important men in the plot, really: the director of the GEDS production described those more important men as 'forces of nature' offstage that the female protags have to deal with.



One of those 'forces of nature' is a fifteen year old
Mar 16, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be fair to Crimes of the Heart, I’m not a fan of dysfunctional family dramas. While I occasionally like them, I mostly find them an overused and overtired ‘genre’ and think American theatre would be stronger if they steered clear of them for at least a decade. Find a new way to be creative, playwrights. And if you must rely on a dysfunctional family, use the dysfunction as a starting point rather than the primary plot.

That’s what I thought Crimes of the Heart was going to do.

The play starts
Jessica Barkl
Sep 06, 2011 Jessica Barkl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this play, originally, in my junior year of high school for a scene study class I was taking with Cheryl-Ann Rossi. I remember, initially, being shocked by all the "seemingly" innocent characters being so sexual, it seems normal. Age, I suppose, I was a late bloomer. Anyway, I still love the characters and it reminded me on this later read of Chekhov's THREE SISTERS. I also was surprised that the ending didn't work as well for me as it did in 1995...I didn't care as much for Bab ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of my research for finding monologues to perform in acting class this semester, Crimes of the Heart was one of the few where a monologue is spoken by a young female character (such a shame).
While it was an enjoyable read, I found the language spoken by the characters a little difficult to get used to. I couldn't quite put my finger but the way the sisters interacted with each other, and Babe's personality, didn't quite mesh well for me in most scenes. Though I enjoyed how each sister was
Nov 20, 2016 Su rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully intricate character/relationship writing between three very different sisters from the South who come together when catastrophe strikes the family. Very accessible and humorous despite the heaviness the trials/issues they are beset with, and full of extremely genuine-feeling familial love. That last scene/image is one I'll probably always remember. You wouldn't think something as simple as surprising your sister with a birthday cake would have the kind of breathless, suspenseful stak ...more
Lilia Van
Feb 24, 2014 Lilia Van rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this play in a matter of one day. It is perhaps one of the best plays I've ever read, and that is an understatement. I could relate to it family-wise because I have 3 sisters and of course we've fought many times before and never often see each other nowadays because one sister is in med school and another in dental... But enough about me.

I was enticed from beginning to end. I was even reading it in the middle of class and got in trouble for it, but I kept reading anyway. The second a
Jul 25, 2016 Anjum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
This was kind of disappointing. Crimes of the Heart is a pretty widely known play, so I was expecting more from it. But ultimately, very little happens. We don't see how a single things that's mentioned in the play ends up. So it makes me wonder why I read the whole thing or sat through a whole performance. It's not like there's some big lesson about life or mankind at the end of it. It's not like the characters are incredibly crafted like in a Tennesse William's plot-less play. No, this was jus ...more
Nov 16, 2015 TC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie (EXTREMELY true to the play) in the theatre twice--once in a theatre only a couple hours' drive from the town where it was set, and again in California. There were lots of laughs both times, but rarely at the same lines, which to my young self was very enlightening. This play is hilarious and so Southern. Someone below described it as "schlocky," I believe, but bless his heart, because this writing is true in a way that southern gothic so often is. We ALL know a Chick around here ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Nicolas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, scripts
Really interesting play. It was enjoyable to read. The unique roles and relationships within would make this a great challenge for any performer. The bond of the three sisters is the core of this comedy/drama, but it works well as an ensemble piece as well. The men in the story expose another side of these sisters and provide a nice depth and change of pace to keep things interesting. In some ways the end leaves you hanging, but it seems to me that the purpose of this tale is to explore the char ...more
Beth Henley's play seems unsure whether it wishes to be a heart warming drama or a caricature filled comedy, and in this confusion the point of the play seemed to fall through the cracks. In the process of telling the story of the reunion of three sisters in a small town in Mississippi, Crimes of the Heart sometimes shines with vivid and empathetic characterization, but too often cannot break away from cliched 'types'. The exposition was often messy, and the ending emotionally unsatisfying excep ...more
Mar 12, 2011 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I saw this play at McArthur theatre in Princeton, NJ. I have to say they did a phenomenal job performing. I understand it was extremely difficult to play such crazy characters, but I think they pulled it off very well. However, as far as the play itself goes, I think it was a little too Chekhovian. I heard that the author herself had somewhat of an obsession with Chekhov, I think it influenced her quite a lot. Maybe I am reading too much in to it, but having just seen the "Three Sisters" recentl ...more
Lexi Goyette
For me, this play didn't follow through the way I would have liked it to. There were a lot of phone calls, which - in my opinion - should be used sparingly in plays. I liked the characters a lot, especially Babe, and while I enjoyed her subplot the most, I was a little distracted by what else was going on - especially Meg's plot - which were petty compared to what Babe was dealing with.

Overall, though, this is a good example of feminist theatre, passing the Bechdel test with flying colors and hi
Chuck O'Connor
The idiosyncratic characters, and the use of absurdism to address mental illness and tragedy, almost make up for the creaky structure. The default to clumsy expository speeches and devices however stop the forward action too often and the deus ex machina that resolves the story's central tension is disappointing. I like the characters and the themes are interesting but Henley seems unsure of a larger point and therefore falls victim to superficial plot mechanics, where she could have created mor ...more
Jayne Furlong
This play is a beautiful exploration of family dynamics. Well written story with a great American gothic feel. Very interesting characters... I love stories like this, that make you really experience each character's emotions and struggles. There are so many memorable moments that made me laugh yet also feel the immense sadness each character carries with them. This plot is just strange enough to be completely believable :)
Jun 07, 2015 Pinky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-15
The quirkiest of characters. Three southern sisters brought together after the youngest shoots her husband. Crazy, crazy stuff going on - multiple affairs and bad judgment, aging grandparents, a mom whose hung herself in the basement, tarnished reputations, pecans, chocolates and birthday cake. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'm not sure there's any meaning to this play other than the power of sisters and laughter, often inappropriate and in the midst of tragedy.
Julia Curtis
Aug 15, 2011 Julia Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was a lot better than I thought it would be. I had picked this out randomly at a shop in New York city, not hoping for the best. I had no idea what to expect. But it was actually worth the read!
I'm a bit of a theater geek, so I really got into the characters. Not to give any spoilers, but it had some twists in the book that I didn't expect, and I was even a bit scared at one point!
I am hoping that somewhere in the future I will be able to act in this show!
Alborz Taheri
Aug 16, 2013 Alborz Taheri rated it liked it
Recommended to Alborz by: Yasamin Rezaei
نمایش نامه به شدت " آمریکایی " . از ریتم "بسیار " تند تا خودِ داستان تا پایان بندی نمایش نامه . نمایش نامه قصد واکاوی و عمیق کردن شخصیت ها را ندارد و صرفا قصدش نقل اتفاقاتی است که برای این سه خواهر پیش می آید و و نمایش واکنش ها و برخورد ها .. می توان این طور گفت نمایش نامه بیشتر قصد تصویر سازی دارد تا بیان یک داستان با اتفاقات شگفت آور یا بیان مسائل فلسفی و ... و همین امر سبب می شود که ارتباط برقرار کردن با نمایش نامه راحت باشد .
Sep 01, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Read this over a few sittings today and absolutely loved it! The characters really jump off the page and into your heart. I'm playing Babe in a production of this in the fall and now I'm so excited for rehearsals to start. It'd a very heartwarming, funny, and dark play that really shows such a deep love between these sisters who are all struggling with their own demons. It made me tear up and laugh out loud and that is the sign of a good piece of theater.
Nov 02, 2012 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: theatre readers
Recommended to Cassie by: Acting I class
One of the first plays I read as a new freshman to the theatre department. Great characters, not a particularly ingenious plot. It was far and away from what I understood as "typical" theatre. There's an accessibility here that may be hardpressed to find in other modern plays. I understand why its still in syllabus rotation school-wide.
Apr 08, 2014 james rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The ending was lacking some closure, but other than that this book was well-written and easy to read. I haven't seen the play, but the script is quite good. I loved how each character's emotions went from 0-60 quite quickly and quite realistically, and the interactions between the characters were real, honest, and fun.
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