Critic's Choice

By Ira Levin

Directed by Robert Wolverton
July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 1987
Lee Hall Auditorium
Mississippi State University

Featuring – Greg Bentley, Guy Hargrove, Nancy Hargrove, Elizabeth Hawkins, Donna Luther, Ryan Richardson, and Jean Synder

The opening vignette of 'The Octette Bridge Club' is a Norman Rockwell illustration come to life. Eight sisters in Providence, R.I., have gathered without their husbands, as they do twice a month, for a night of gossip, home baked pie and cards. The sisters are a merry, close-knit clan of Irish descent. They giggle as a newspaper photographer takes a picture of their 'club' for the Sunday Rotogravure section; they speak or sing in unison at the drop of a cloche hat. The year is 1934, and, as the women never cease to remind us, this was a time when families still had roots.

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