Somebody ought to bake a giant Armadillo cake and present it to Keegan Theatre for deciding to close its 2011 season with Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias. The play centers on the camaraderie of six Southern women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other -- and that's only half its gay, gay, gay appeal. The script's dialogue, famous one-liners and out-and-out compassion is what really takes the cake. Real-life mother-daughter duo Sheri S. and Laura Herren star. Directed by Mark A. Rhea. Opens Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. To Aug. 21. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $35. Call 703-892-0202 or visit keegantheatre.com.