In the spirit of all that is white trash and dysfunction, Theatre on the Square is presenting Sordid Lives. At Momma’s funeral, a guilt-ridden G.W. Nedercott (Ed Mobley) attempts to set fire to his wooden legs over which Momma tripped, fell and died as her sister Sissy (Bridget Redmond) and daughter Latrelle (Cathy Mobley) look on in disbelief in Theatre on the Square’s ‘Sordid Lives.’Set in Texas, during a rather hot summer, Momma has just died — she tripped over her lover’s wooden legs in the dark — and her two girls are bickering over whether or not she will wear her beloved fur stole in her casket. Their brother, Brother Boy, has been locked up in a loony bin for 20 years for his homosexuality and transvestism — one can understand why Ty, Momma’s grandson, is afraid to come out of the closet. Momma’s youngest is best friends with Momma’s lover’s wife. And it all had to happen the week Sissy decided to quit smoking.
In all, it’s big outrageous fun. Director Kevin Smith had to take this large cast of bizarre characters and keep it all moving. For the most part, he does. A few scenes lag, but the laughs come back quickly. And that is what is important — remember, this is all in good fun, so PC police can stay home.
Opening the show is Karen Irwin as bar singer Bitsy Mae. Also known around town as Karenoke, her stage presence is magnetic, and she gets the crowd in the right mood — where else can you eagerly scream “BITCH!” and be encouraged to do so? Ashley Hamman as younger daughter Lavonda and Julie Powers as the wronged wife Noleta are a wonderful trailer trash pair, while older sister Latrelle, Cathy Mobley, is the picture of outraged propriety.
Of the men, mention has to be made of the small part played by Jonathan Horton as Odell — goofiness personified. And Brother Boy — no one can pull off an outfit that looks like it needs an electrical outlet quite like Michael J. Taylor-Guanci.
Kudos go out to the whole cast — this is really an ensemble effort. It’s great fun — for one night, don’t worry about changing the world and just revel in what is so tacky about it.
Sordid Lives continues through June 19; 637-8085.