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“A Black Comedy About White Trash!”
European premiere

Del Shores’ award winning play and cult movie hit is back onstage where it belongs!  In this “coming out” story, three generations of a small Texas family prepare for a funeral, and that’s when the hilarious, sad, trashy truth about their "Sordid Lives" runs amuck!

Written by
Del Shores

Produced and Directed by
Steve Josephson

Sissy and LaVonda laugh at Latrelle's expense.................Latrelle's gotta go "Tiddle"

Gregg Barnette, Martha Davis, Greg Engelking, Amy Hitchcock,
Meredith Woodson-Hubbard, Julie Josephson, Gary Krantz, Johnny Lacey,
Lisa Morrice, Carol Robinson, Karen Rymar, Todd Silver and Rich Wordes

Earl Ingram aka "Brother Boy" aka "Tammy Wynette" ................Juanita ponders life

Where will G.W. leave his legs?
Can Sissy Hickey finally quit smoking?
Will Noletta Nethercott join Jenny Craig?
Does Brother Boy really think he's Tammy Wynette?
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our “Sordid Lives”.

"Don't you dare bring 'My Son' into this sordid mess"

***Contains strong language and mature subject matter.

Reviews From The Fringe

A refreshing, acerbic, witty slice of American nostalgia.

Sordid Lives is the story of the
overwhelming weirdness of small-town American life
and the empowerment of its women, through the discovery of pink sequins
and two-barrelled shotguns, and the attempts of those men who are less comfortable
with this macho culture to adjust to Texan standards of masculinity.

One, Brother Boy, has been institutionalised in an attempt to cure his chronic transvestitism.
He compensates by living his life as if he is Tammy Wynette. Another escaped to New York
and went through several decades of therapy. The women of the story, however, more
than compensate. From the ballsy therapist in the mental institution who advocates
'masturbation therapy' as part of her treatment course for homosexuality, eventually offering herself
up to her overwhelming ambition to 'get on Oprah,' to the women who hold up
their respective life's partners with their own pieces until they agree to put on make up and
cross-dress, gender boundaries are well and truly mixed up.

As is the sordidness, as the title suggests, of their lives. The atmosphere is clammy, the food
is real, lard-smeared and eaten on set. At one point somebody applies lipstick to a corpse.
What saves the play from becoming a cliched combinaion of 'My Name is Earl' and 'Six Feet Under'
is the enthusiasm of the performers, some killer lines, and their inability to
take themsevles seriously. 'Didn't think I'd make it, did you Mama?' declares Brother Boy,
aka Tammy Wynette, to his mother's coffin, giving it a kick for good measure.

-Jessica King, Broadway Baby (08.15.07)

CENTRED on the coming together for a funeral of three generations in a squalid,
incestuous little Texas town, black comedy Sordid Lives portrays a slice of
the south dirtier than George W Bush's conscience (if he has one).

Sex-crazed grandmother Peggy has died after tripping over her lover's wooden legs.
As her family members and their affiliates come together to mourn, they're forced to face up to
certain facts: that Peggy's grandson Ty is a "homer-sexual"; and that Peggy's son Brother Boy
is an institutionalised Tammy Wynette impersonator, among others.

It plays out like a cheap soap opera... Brother Boy's session with his randy,
self-absorbed therapist is particularly funny... however, soberly eking out the
play's theme of tolerance and acceptance when the fun, depraved elements
are really what make it tick. Still, there's a nice, big, happy ending to look forward to
- always good to see one of them.

-Malcolm Jack, The Scotsman (08.15.07)


Sunday, 12 August 2007 2:00 PM (14:00) C Cubed - Main Space
Venue 50
Brodie's Close, 304 Lawnmarket
Edinburgh EH1 2

011 44 845 260 1234 Box Ofice

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