After the Turpin family patriarch drops dead in the opening scene of "Dearly Departed," his beleaguered family proves that living and dying in the South is seldom tidy and always hilarious.
Blue Ridge Community Theater will present the comedy written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones at the theater, 2591 E. First St. in Blue Ridge, Ga., beginning tonight, July 13, through Sunday, July 30. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Despite the Turpins earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, 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 their 2 cents worth of advice.
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."
The Blue Ridge production is directed by Sonia Smith.
Tickets are $10, $18 and $20.
For more information: 706-632-9223.