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Running the Kitsap Community Theater Gauntlet

The Magrath Sisters — Meg (Ellie Jamison), center, Lenny (Kim Hart), left — amidst a sisterly discussion at the kitchen table in the Jewel Box production of
The Magrath Sisters — Meg (Ellie Jamison), center, Lenny (Kim Hart), left — amidst a sisterly discussion at the kitchen table in the Jewel Box production of 'Crimes of the Heart.'
— image credit: Courtesy/Richard Thornton

Revenge, repartee and a raging libido on the boards this fall.

‘Crimes of the Heart’ at the Jewel Box

Despite the sinister title — and the show opening with a wife gunning down her abusive husband — “Crimes of the Heart” is actually, technically, a comedy.

Albeit a dark and twisted, tragic type of comedy.

For instance, after Babe — the afore mentioned wife, one of the crazy Magrath sisters at the core of the story — pumps a bullet into her husband’s belly, she kindly offers him a glass of lemonade while he lay bleeding on the floor.

As the dysfunctional sisters return home to spring Babe from jail, the ensuing reunion is rife with that kind of gut-wrenching wit and sober humor as they’re all forced to face their own “Crimes of the Heart.”

“Crimes” plays through Oct. 11 at the Jewel Box Theatre, 225 Iverson St. in Poulsbo. Info: www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org.

‘Steel Magnolias’ in Port Orchard

The beloved small-town sorority of Truvy Jones’ beauty salon is back on stage this fall.

Longtime Western Washington Center for the Arts loyal Liam Sanchez directs an indomitable cast in the timeless trip through the human condition by virtue of the outspoken, shampoo-and-advice-dispensing stylist (Amy Anderson) and her steadfastly southern group of gossip girls.

Among them: Truvy’s eager new assistant Annelle (Allison Weathers), an eccentric millionaire known as Miss Clairee (Sylvia Shaw), the town curmudgeon Ouiser (Denise M. Whitaker-Packer) and the local social leader M’Lynn (Palmer Scheutzow), whose young spunky daughter Shelby (Jennifer Angelucci-Medina) will soon provide the ladies with a sobering realization, that slices through all the rollicking repartee and superficial agony.

“Steel Magnolias” plays through Oct. 11 at WWCA, 521 Bay St. in Port Orchard. Info: www.wwca.us.

‘Little Women’ in song at CSTOCK

In another timeless trip through the human condition, CSTOCK brings “Little Women” to the stage. And in true CSTOCK style, they’ve approached the script, quite aptly, as a main stage musical.

With a sonic backdrop of Broadway tunes, the story follows the lives of the March sisters — Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy — through the tumult of growing up amidst the American Civil War. Said to be set Louisa May Alcott’s family home in Massachusetts, the story is loosely based on the author’s own childhood.

And it’s not for the faint of heart — in more ways than one. During last week’s opening weekend, the average run time clocked in at more than three hours.

“Little Women” plays through Oct. 11 at CSTOCK, 9729 Silverdale Way in Silverdale. Info: www.cstock.org.

‘The Seven Year Itch’ at BCT

Bemoaning the fact that his wife of seven years has just walked out on him, Richard Sherman roams restlessly around his apartment when, without warning, a giant flower pot falls from an overhead balcony and near permanently puts him out of his misery.

Instead, the jarring event awakens his middle-aged libido, and he invites a doll from the floor above him down for an evening of sin.

But as Sherman’s conscience fights back, it doesn’t quite go as planned.

“The Seven Year Itch” plays through Oct. 4 at Bremerton Community Theatre, 599 Lebo Blvd. in Bremerton. Info: www.bremertoncommunitytheatre.org.

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