After a raving reception in LA theatre land, Del Shores’ GLAAD award-winning production hits the London stage with enough sass, seriousness and satire to cleverly bring home one solemn and heavy-hearted message: self-persecution kills.
The play centers around the lives of four young gay Texan men living in the eye of religious dogma coming to realise a harsh reality in their fast-approaching future; live in shame of the urge for one another, self expression and freedom.
Coming full circle from their younger years to adult life it’s revealed with comedy and gut-wrenching truth how the trials and tribulations of a conflict within one’s soul can torment and to where that road can lead based on the choices we make.
Underpinning the rather dark plot line are two fun-loving, yet down and out, bar drunks Odette and Peanut. The pair realise over a haze of cocktails, banter and blurred hours their similar pasts, and pains, have nurtured a friendship for the ages destined – but unbeknownst – to impart wisdom to curious sissy baptist boys with one or two up tempo performances.
Think sissy boy-cum-Tina Turner drag meets Go-go boy takes choir boy home realness.
A devastating conclusion hammers home the fragility of human life and how convictions of religious grandeur and those who deliver its message, and not faith’s, can destroy a generation.
Directed by Gene David Kirk (Party, Haram Iran, The Sum of Us) Southern Baptist Sissies runs until April 9 at the Above The Stag theatre in Vauxhall, London.