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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Southside Theater Guild presents 'The Curious Savage'


Everyone has heard of evil stepsisters ruining the lives of people, but in Southside Theater Guild's production of "The Curious Savage," it is evil stepchildren that wreak havoc on the life of the story's heroine, the eccentric and wealthy Mrs. Savage.

After her husband dies, Mrs. Savage's stepchildren have her committed to The Cloisters in an attempt to extort her fortune from her. It is at The Cloisters that Mrs. Savage meets some wonderful people, leaving her and the audience wondering just who is crazy.

"The Curious Savage" was written by John Patrick, who is best known for "Tea House of the August Moon," "The Hasty Heart," and "Everybody Loves Opal." It's a family-friendly show with good values and that appealed to director Michael McClendon.

"The good guys win, but not without enduring many struggles first," said McClendon. "It is the perfect show to do right now. It is very positive and it celebrates old-fashioned values."

The show is set in the 1940s and thanks to the amazing work and research of the crew, the look and feel of the era has been captured. "The clothing, the hairstyles and the shoes are all just right," said McClendon. "They are one of the best crews I have ever worked with. They have really gone the extra mile."

McClendon also is pleased with his cast, which has given a tremendous effort and overcome lots of adversity in the months leading up to the show. The show features Ginger McMichael, Glo Tinsley, Steve Martin (not the famous comedian), John Kennedy (not the former president) Teri Hoffman and Lily Yancy, a professional actress from Atlanta whom McClendon describes as "electric."

"The Curious Savage" will be performed at Southside Theater Guild in Fairburn, Thursdays through Saturdays, at 8 p.m. through Dec. 1. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children. Phone 770-969-0956 or visit

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