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This pleasant cartoon by Del Shores (who also wrote Southern Baptist Sissies) revolves around the wacky doings occasioned by a funeral in small-town Texas. Among the characters are a chain-smoking Jesus freak in culottes, a gun-toting compulsive eater looking to punish her cheating legless husband, and a mental patient who dons drag to emulate Tammy Wynette. With its queer sensibility, giddy disdain for decorum, and strong female characters in dire straits, the piece at its best feels like a Bible Belt version of an Almodovar film. Dan Tursi's extremely loose production for the Easy Street Players doesn't always capture the play's trashy verve--except in the performances by female cast members, each of whom makes her character a big-haired force of nature. --Zac Thompson a Through 2/11: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Athenaeum Theatre, first-floor studio, 2936 N. Southport, 312-902-1500, $12-$17.

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