The Averitt Stars are bringing Del Shores’ colorful, Southern-fried comedy “Sordid Lives” to the Emma Kelly Theater this weekend.
Shows are scheduled tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The lives of sisters Latrelle, LaVonda and Sissy are unsettled further than usual as they are burdened with planning the funeral for their sister, Peggy. In addition to handling her personal affairs, they must keep quiet Peggy’s love affair with amputee G.W. from his conniving, vengeful wife, Noleta. The plot thickens as the family must face the reality of both Latrelle’s son, Ty, and their brother, Boy’s confused sexuality.
“The plot of this show centers around this dysfunctional South Texas family, the Ingrams,” said Gage Crook, the director of the show. “There are certainly many difficulties the characters in this play must overcome — many of them dealing with learning to love and accept one another for who they are.”
Crook, along with the cast, is looking forward to seeing the audience reaction to some of the script’s touchier subjects such as Latrell’s continued denial of Ty’s openly gay lifestyle as a soap opera star and the fact that their brother, Boy, is serving a sentence in a mental ward for his unyielding conviction that he is country singer Tammy Wynette.
“Playwright Del Shores does a fantastic job of blending comedy with the more serious, intense moments which take place,” Gage said. “It's a wonderful way for audiences to examine themselves in a way that’s approachable and laughable. While there are some intense moments, the powers of love and laughter shine through in the end.”
There are many similarities between this performance and the 2000 comedy film, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Delta Burke, and the TV series, which premiered in 2008. However, the plot of the stage performance more closely resembles that of the film, as the TV series was written as a prequel to the film.
This show is for mature audiences only. No one under 18 years of age is permitted unless accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the show are $13 for adult non-members and $12 for adult members. To reserve your ticket, call the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912) 212-2787 during box office hours, or purchase online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m.