21 June 2007
Comedy Dearly Departed
Opens Tonight at Stone Center
By Shawn Ryan
Star Entertainment Editor
Reprinted here in its entirety.
'Dearly Departed' — Yeah, You Know 'em
|'Dearly Departed' is the final production of the
season for JSU's Drama Department. Photo: Special to the Star .
You'll probably recognize some of the folks in Dearly Departed.
They're Southern, after all. Real Southern.
But if you do recognize them, and they remind you of folks in your own
family, you might not want to claim 'em.
The final production of the season for the Drama Department at Jacksonville
State University, Dearly Departed is a comical study of Southern quirks, traits
and traditions. Centered on the funeral of the downright nasty Bud Turpin — his
wife Raynelle wants the words “mean and surly” carved into his tombstone — the
play takes place somewhere in the South (heck, it could by anywhere in the
South) and is populated by as dysfunctional a group of human beings as you'll
find … well … at any family gathering, actually.
Ray-Bud, son of Bud, is a lazy bum who looks forward to going on welfare;
handsome but dumb-as-a-stump Junior is a cheatin' fool; Nadine is a boozer who
drinks even when she's pregnant — mainly because she's always pregnant; daughter
Delightful stuffs enough junk food into her mouth to immediately clog her
arteries; Raynelle is just glad that Bud is dead.
At the funeral, each member of the family confronts his or her
disappointments, desires and failures, most of which reside in their
unsuccessful dealings with the rest of the family. The flying bullets of the
Hatfields and McCoys are nothing compared to the verbal barbs of the Turpin
What: JSU Drama Department.
7p.m. Tonight-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
How much: $9 adults, $7 senior
citizens/JSU personnel, $5 students/military; paid reservations recommended.
Contact: (205) 782-5648.
About Shawn Ryan
Shawn Ryan is the travel editor and entertainment
editor for The Star.
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