Sordid Lives Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 11 2012

After a widow dies in a freak accident involving her lover's wooden legs, family and neighbors from her small Texas town gather to console one another and act zany in this 1996 comedy by Del Shores. One subplot, about the legless man's wronged wife, ventures into Thelma and Louise territory; another ventures into a psych ward, where Uncle Brother Boy has been stashed because he thinks he's Tammy Wynette. Wayne Shaw's staging for Ludicrous Theatre Company feels slapdash, aimless, and underrehearsed most of the time. The exceptions are an all-cast line dance done to the tune of "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" and Caitlin Jackson's performance as the family stick-in-the-mud, offered with a dry wit and raspy drawl reminiscent of former Texas governor Ann Richards. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15

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