For Laurel Little Theatre 58th season opener, LLT has picked a “dooooozy” for its annual Southern comedy.
“Rex’s Exes” will run for two weekends, Aug. 3-5 and Aug. 10-12, under the direction of Will Hodges.
All Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m.
The hilarious story features the Verdeen cousins, a madcap trio in Sweetgum, Texas that just can’t get their act together. Cousin Gaynelle is turning 50 and not handling it well. Peaches, a mortuary cosmetologist, wants to plan a big surprise birthday party for her, but cousin Jimmie is too busy with her new wedding-gown boutique for “big-boned” gals (called The Wide Bride), so she can’t be bothered.
Throw in the shenanigans of a supposedly “dead” husband who pops up unexpectedly, a Cajun bounty hunter who comes to town looking for another family member, a jilted bride who holds the cousins hostage with a paintball gun and, finally, their bitter ol’ Aunt La Merle, whose entire life centers on being accepted as a member of the Daughters of the Nation of Texas, and you have a side-splitting, Southern-fried farce that just might remind folks of their own family.
Authors Jessie Jones, Nick Hope and Jamie Wooten also wrote the comedies “The Dixie Swim Club” and “Dearly Departed” – both
of which were presented at LLT in past few seasons. And over the years, they’ve also written for many movies and TV shows, including “The Golden Girls.” All three of them are Southerners who write about the crazy people in our own lives. The show is not for young kids, but it’s a ferociously funny comedy for teens and up.
LLT four-punch season ticket memberships are still on sale and can save up to 39 percent off single ticket prices. Single tickets, regu- lar-season memberships and patron memberships can all be purchased at the theatre when arriving for the perfor- mance – just make sure to call in your reservation now.
For more information, check LaurelLittleTheatre. com or drop a line to LLT-LaurelMS@aol.com.