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Southern Baptist Sissies 

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 13 2013
Kirk-Burgess Productions, which debuted in the summer of 2012 with a daring and moving stage production of the rough-trade script Mysterious Skin, further explores the gay lifestyle with this somewhat notorious Del Shores creation. Back in 2006, Southern Baptist Sissies came to Nashville to play TPAC with another well-known Shores play, Sordid Lives, the limited touring tandem starring television’s Delta Burke (Designing Women), Dale Dickey (My Name Is Earl) and Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace). Here we follow the journey of four young gay Baptists in Dallas who strive to create a world of love and acceptance while dealing with the pain and rage that come with growing up homosexual in a church. To be fair, while the Bible Belt gets it comeuppance here, the Baptist response in 2006 to the touring Shores production included legitimate attempts to find at least some conciliatory ground between traditional Baptist teaching and the more modern initiative to foster “a proactive, redemptive outreach to those with same-sex attractions.” Alas, for many, that response probably just muddied the moral waters. On the other hand, things haven’t changed so much that we shouldn’t enjoy the caustic humor found abundantly in Shores’ play, in this first homegrown Middle Tennessee mounting. Co-directors Anne-Geri’ Fann and Justin Burgess have gathered an interesting veteran cast — more than ready to emote — which includes Cinda McCain, Chuck Long, Danny Proctor, Daniel Vincent, Rusti Rae, Matt Smith, L.T. Kirk, Josh Stutts and Carl Goad.
— Martin Brady

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