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Holly Wilson debuts at Lab as Babe Botrelle in ‘Crimes of the Heart’


Becky 02SOn stage at Lab Theater through January 21 is Beth Henley’s Southern Gothic tragi-comedy, Crimes of the Heart.

The story follows three sisters who have reunited for the first time in a decade at their Granddaddy’s house in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Lenny Magrath is the eldest. She actually never left Hazlehurst, remaining in the home to care for Granddaddy. The cantankerous old coot’s health has been steadily declining and he’s presently languishing in the hospital with the vessels in his brain “all a popping.”

The middle girl is Meg. Becky 03SBeautiful, charming and talented as well, she left Hazelhurst for L.A. to pursue a singing and acting career. But L.A. is a hard place in which to find fame and fortune, and following the collapse of her career and a brief stint in a psychiatric hospital following a nervous breakdown, Meg’s back home and getting ready to rekindle her relationship with the man she left behind. Never mind that he’s married with two children now, to a Yankee of all things!

Babe is the youngest. Granddaddy married her off to a Crimes 057Ssuccessful lawyer by the name of Zach. Just one problem – Zach is abusive and Babe detests the sound and sight of him. She just posted bail for Zach’s attempted murder. But she didn’t shoot him in self-defense. Rather, Babe was defending the 15-year-old African American boy with whom she was having an extramarital affair – and Zach has the photos to prove it!

Holly Wilson plays the part of Babe Botrelle, and like Danielle Channell, she is also making her Lab debut. Holly has a theatre background that traces its origins all the way back to Chicago Becky 05Sand her Second City-based parents. In just a short time, she has taken wonderful strides in the world of theater and has grown steadily in rehearsal as a performer. Look out world, Babe just shot one!

January 5, 2018.


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