Clear Space returns to Louisiana with ‘Steel Magnolias’ Jan. 22

January 20, 2021

Clear Space Theatre will open its 17th season with “Steel Magnolias” at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22.

Returning to favorite shows, playwrights, and composers from Clear Space’s past is the inspiration for the 2021 season theme, Here We Go Again!

“Steel Magnolias” in 2021 will bring the same laughter and emotion as its previous Clear Space production in 2015, but with new cast members to inspire the audience into rollicking laughter and bring them to tears.

Elli Oechsler, who plays Shelby Eatenton Latcherie, has found life imitating art with this cast of “Steel Magnolias.”

“This cast truly and deeply cares about one another, which adds this level of realism to the show that just can’t be faked or acted – it just is,” said Oechsler.

The story centers around Truvy’s Beauty Shop, a haven for six local women. Truvy’s is a place they visit not just to get great styles, but also support from one another. Shelby is there for help on her wedding day. Ouiser, played by Liane Hansen, is there to vent about her neighbors and her dog. Deb Mengert plays Clairee, who comes to escape a lonely home after her husband’s passing. Annelle, played by Marissa Wheaton, finds not only a job but the family she’s been seeking, and Mary Gresock plays the part of M’Lynn, who can speak her mind in the shop but not at home. Truvy, played by Lorraine Steinhoff Leavel, is not only the owner, but the source of stability these women all flock to in times of joy and despair.

“Steel Magnolias” runs Friday to Sunday, Jan. 22 to 24, Jan. 29 to 31, and Feb. 5 to 7. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays.

To purchase tickets, go to or call the box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, at at 302-227-2270. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, Clear Space has limited seating. To ensure the safety of audience members, actors and volunteers, masks are required.

Clear Space is located at 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach.

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