Jay Allen Sanford 11 a.m., Nov. 15
Sissy Hickey picked a bad time to quit smoking. For starters, her sister Peggy died. She was having an affair with G.W. and tripped over his wooden legs at a seedy motel. And guess who's coming to the funeral? Brother Boy, incarcerated 23 years for being gay. OnStage Playhouse has obvious fun with Del Shores's "sordid cult classic." Most of the acting's over the top, but rightfully so. Thanks to director Thomas McClaverly, in the broadest scenes (as when stinking drunk LaVonda and Noleta think they're Thelma and Louise and shoot up Wardell's saloon) the cast hits the exact same point above the line. No weak links in the group, and Susan Stratton does vein bulging wonders as uptight Latrelle. Beneath the comedy, everyone has a cross to bear. But Shores even spoofs grave burdens when Odell orders G.W. to "get off the cross, buddy! We need the wood!"
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Saturday, May 7, 2011
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm