by Martin Brady
From Del Shores, author of Southern Baptist Sissies, comes another absurdist exposé about white trash folk. While Sordid Lives likewise mines serious ideas about the importance of the acceptance of all individuals here on God’s good earth, this script goes at it with more levity than SBS’s dark plotline. Though it starts with a death — the family matriarch dies after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs during a rendezvous at a local motel — Sordid Lives focuses on the mostly outrageous antics of family members who have convened for the funeral.
ACT 1’s fall season opener hopes to reap the benefits of Shores’ cult following, and director Dave McGinnis has some prior experience with the author’s over-the-top works. He’s gathered an impressive roster of Music City theater vets for his cast, including Rusti Rae, Chuck Long, Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, Joy Tilley Perryman, Holly Butler, Macon Kimbrough and Tammy Sutherland.