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  Sordid Lives at Athenaeum Theatre

Sordid Lives

Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N. Southport Chicago

The ensemble cast of Sordid Lives puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and "coming out" in a Texas family, as they all converge for the matriarch's funeral. The eccentric characters include: a mother who is wound-too-tight and in-denial over her gay son, a barfly/singer at the local watering hole, a cheating heart who's wooden legs accidentally aid in the death of his mistress (the family matriarch), the cheating heart's wife who tries her hand at revenge therapy inspired by "Thelma & Louise" along with her best friend. Lead by comedic voices, their lives intertwine, giving each a new perspective, honesty and meaning.

Presented by Easy Street Players

Thru - Feb 11, 2007

Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm

Price: $12-$17

Stage: Studio One Theatre

Show Type: Comedy

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  Sordid Lives Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Somewhat Recommended

"...With its queer sensibility, giddy disdain for decorum, and strong female characters in dire straits, the piece at its best feels like a Bible Belt version of an Almodovar film. Dan Tursi's extremely loose production for the Easy Street Players doesn't always capture the play's trashy verve--except in the performances by female cast members, each of whom makes her character a big-haired force of nature."

Zac Thompson

Windy City Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...Even in small-town Texas itís simply impossible for people to be as stupid and trashy as in Sordid Lives. But thatís what makes this show funny, at least in parts, and perhaps a gut-buster if youíre actually Texan. The problem is that itís not a good play."
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Jonathan Abarbanel

Gay Chicago Magazine - Somewhat Recommended

"...Sordid LivesĒ is not for everybody. The production values are rough. The Southern accents are uneven. But if one greatly enjoyed the movie, you might be interested in seeing how it works onstage. Though the adaptation of the movie is fairly well-written, I left the theatre with one white-trash burning question: Why was this stage adaptation, along with my Grandmaís rhubarb pie, ever created?"

Scotty Zacher

Time Out Chicago - Not Recommended

"...The frustrating thing about Southern-fried spoofs like Sordid Lives (or the far more detestable two-man fiasco Greater Tuna) is that their guaranteed-laughs pitches, not their quality, tend to keep them in circulation for years. Even more annoying is how often a string of gags and wacky situations like this gets pegged as satirical when itís little more than a freak show."
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Tim Lowery

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