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Southern Baptist Sissies: A Comedy (Acting Edition) Paperback – January 1, 2005


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Samuel French (2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0573633452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0573633454
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,475,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Doug Holloway on June 24, 2014
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It wasn't as thought provoking as I had hoped. Stereotypes abound in the play and it's not very deep. Has some comedic moments.
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By Markus on September 4, 2013
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I saw the movie during the LGBT film fest in Durham, directed by Emerson Collins, who also starred in the movie and I should say I was greatly entertained. Of course having Leslie Jordan in the movie is hilarious but I would still see the movie without him playing the part. It was clever to do a movie on an actual stage play and I was blown away. The humor was spot on, The actors were great considering that it was also shot during as a live performance, that for me could be really tough. Bottom line is I enjoyed it you should not miss this as well!!
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By Mark A. Knight on February 5, 2013
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Saw this performed in St Pete a few years ago by the Gypsy Play Group. I found it entertaining and honest. Having grown up myself under similar (though not as dramatic) circumstances as these characters, I can tell the theme was handled by a writer who is giving you his heart in the form of a work of Art.

Del Shore's previous "Sordid Lives" may be better known, and arguably a better play, but "Southern Baptist Sissies" is an amazing experience by itself. Shore is balancing on a high wire between pathos, anger, and pleading for tolerance. Most of the characters were vivid and several scenes have stuck with me years after seeing it. If you are even mildy interested in the title and theme, read it.
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A playscript is a blueprint for a performance--a document intended to be interpreted by those trained in theatre arts. For this reason most non-theatre-arts people find reading a play akin to a tour of purgatory: it is often extremely difficult for the layman to imagine how these strings of words on a page will actually play on a stage before a live audience. And this may be particularly true where Del Shores' SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES is concerned, for the play is less a narrative than it is a collage.

Although the play is sometimes described as a comedy, it would be more accurate to call it a heavy weight drama with the occasional comic element. SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES concerns the Southern Baptist Church's impact on the lives of four boys who are raised in it and who, as they mature, gradually come to realize they are homosexual. A host of supporting characters--a preacher, mothers, an aging drag queen, a tearful barfly--swirl around the four central characters as the play shifts back and forth in time and space.

Unfortunately, there's a bit too much swirling and shifting. SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES has moments of remarkable dramatic power and many flashes of bitter wit, but it also has a slightly unfocused quality, and the characters and the twists and turns of their lives seem a shade stereotypical and cliched. (Indeed, the characters of the aging drag queen, Peanut, and the barfly, Odette, are little more than darker interpretations of Shores' own Brother Boy and Juanita from SORDID LIVES.) What emerges from the page, for me at least, is a tremendous anger that really doesn't go anywhere beyond itself or to any actual point.
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