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Dearly Departed
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by David Botrell and Jessie Jones

COMPANY : Rosewater Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cumming Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1765

SHOWING : October 13, 2006 - November 04, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Somewhere south of the Mason-Dixie line, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral. Not since STEEL MAGNOLIAS has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line. When the patriarch of the Turpin family keels over dead in the first scene, the struggle to get him buried involves the whole clan, including the not-so-grieving widow who wants to put "Mean and Surly" on the tombstone. "If you were amused by the kind of bucolic mayhem of…GREATER TUNA, this more ambitious trip down a rustic main street could be just your dish of cola." —NY Post. "Dearly Departed is drop dead funny." —NY Daily News.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director G.S. Riley
Lighting Design & Sound Tech Deryl Cape
Cast Brian Baumann
Clyde Deryl Cape
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REVIEWS

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Masterful Southern Gothic
by Square
Monday, October 16, 2006
5.0
Rosewater theatre does it again with another great show. I have never seen a more animated and talented cast take a script and run away with it as this troupe has. This show could have been a bit hokey and down to earth but we have a true proffesional production at hand and every minute is a joy to beheld. The story of a Southern clan burying the patriarch is a story that has been overdone in the theatre. But here we have fresh and new ideas taking presence and direction that has a fire within.

Every scene lends its own magic to the show and I love how the characters relate to themselves. This show knows all the right moves and is not afraid to be politically correct. I did have a problem with the reverend though. I know this actor Brian Baumann. What a sorry excuse, other than that maggot of acting, this is a show that makes What's Eating Gilbert Grape a cartoon. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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