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Local theatre offers up 'Southern Hospitality'

The cast of “Southern Hospitality” will entertain audiences with four performances at Christi’s Off Broadway Theatre in Shelbyville.

STAFF REPORT

“Southern Hospitality” features a group of crazy characters and a funny story of small town America in a comedic farce showcased on the stage at Christi’s Off Broadway Theatre in Shelbyville.

The Futrelle Sisters – Frankie, Twink, Honey Raye and Rhonda Lynn – are in trouble again. Their beloved hometown of Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing, and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction.

Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves, but Honey Raye, with a major assist from her former nemesis, Geneva Musgrave, has come up with a possible solution. It seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate, and a company representative is headed to Fayro on a scouting mission.

Honey Raye, as the president of the Chamber of Commerce, makes promises that are not to be believed in order to woo the rep to choose Fayro. In fact, Honey Raye has told them that on the very weekend of the rep’s visit, the town just happens to be having its biggest celebration of the year, “Fayro Days,” which includes a craft show, a pet costume parade, a beauty pageant and a huge Civil War battle reenactment with only 15 participants.

Added to the dilemma is Twink being so desperate to get married that she’s practically dragging the unwilling groom, deputy John Curtis Buntner, to the altar. But this pales next to the financial problems the preacher and his wife are having – unless you don’t consider gambling away your mobile home a problem.

Frankie, however, seems to have it worst of all, what with her husband, Dub, going through a major midlife crisis at the same time her 5-year-old twins are literally tearing up the town. And unfortunately for all of them, the “meanest woman in twelves counties,” Dub’s old aunt Iney, is on her way for a visit.

Iney’s arrival in Fayro is definitely cause for alarm for the sisters, but it’s nothing compared to their panic when the old girl drops dead in the Dubberly home just before the salsa rep shows up. But how the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro, including sweet, simple Raynerd Chisum, pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity – and a recipe for total hilarity.

“Southern Hospitality” is a stand alone play in its own right but also the third play in the trilogy that begins with “Dearly Beloved” and continues with “Christmas Belles.”

“Southern Hospitality,” a play appropriate for all ages, will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and again May 18. There will be 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday and May 19.

The play is directed by Dennis Tooley.

“I want to invite you and your family to come enjoy the southern fried fun,” said Tooley in a media release.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Christi’s Off Broadway Theatre is located at 16 S. Tompkins St. in Shelbyville.