By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review
Beth Henley received the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for a little ditty titled “Crimes of the Heart” back in 1981. Three sisters get together to have a little chat right after one of them has just shot her husband. Some of us were still singing “Charley’s Aunt” in high school. Beth Henley has been setting fire to stage conventions using poor white trash as grist ever since.
Set in 1964, in Henley’s Southern Gothic Jackson, Mississippi, Henley’s new play, which premiered in 2012 at the Geffen Playhouse and then moved off-Broadway, is “The Jacksonian,” which follows her Southern Gothic vein. The edifice is a motel tending toward seedy, not too far from downtown.