That beehive buzz
If the recent heat wave brings the sultry South to mind, you can indulge the mood with Steel Magnolias, the durable (but still effective) comedy currently running at the Delta King Theatre. For those who haven’t seen it elsewhere, Steel Magnolias is a sentimental laugher about six women—mostly middle-aged—in a beauty parlor in small-town Louisiana. We’re talking big hair, gossip, lipstick and reflections on life. Three scenes of good-natured fun lead up to a multi-kleenex ending that involves smiling through the tears. It’s schmaltzy, but it works. Not all the Southern accents sound genuine, but the six local actresses do well (and Jan Ahders gets in one terrific dramatic speech in the final scene). Delta King Theatre, 1000 Front St. in Old Sacramento. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. $14-$16. (916) 995-5464. Through July 21.