GSC commits Crimes of the Heart

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 5, 2012

Will Keary, as wet-behind-the-ears but determined lawyer Barnette Lloyd, who takes Babe's case to square a "personal vendetta" and because he has a crush on her, is wincingly, adorably geeky. As Doc, Liam McNeill exudes a laid-back, melancholy charm. But Crimes of the Heart is about those sad, crazy Magrath girls, bonded by blood, squeals, and tears. Liz Hayes is a feisty, ultimately liberated drudge of a Lenny, McCaela Donovan a tough, sexy Meg who nails her laughs the way she nails her men. As Babe, Melody Madarasz is a stellar naïf, as free of harsh judgments as she is of good sense. And together the three actresses achieve a tender, spiky camaraderie that makes us believe their disparate characters are family, with a shared if troubled history. I might be inclined to save the Pulitzers for O'Neill, but I have to admit he's less fun.

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