'Southern Hospitality' last in Futrelle sisters trilogy
By Candy Williams
Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
Theatergoers who laughed at the antics of the Futrelle sisters in productions of “Dearly Beloved” or “Christmas Belles” will be happy to know they're back in the Apple Hill Playhouse production of “Southern Hospitality.”
The third comedy in the trilogy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten finds the four siblings faced with a big challenge — to save their beloved hometown of Fayro, Texas, from becoming a ghost town.
It seems as if residents are leaving the area en masse ever since the closure of two major businesses. But when a salsa-manufacturing company is looking to relocate, Honey Raye sees an opportunity to lure them to Fayro, making some big promises that she may be unable to keep.
Given their track record of getting into jams and finding creative ways out of them, the sisters don't disappoint in this show, according to Briana Downs of Delmont, who plays Honey Raye.
“If you think your family is crazy, wait until you see what the Futrelle sisters have in store for audiences,” she says. “They are just as wacky and fun as ever.”
Besides being a sassy businesswoman with a flair for delegating, Honey Ray is energetic and very loving to her family — when she gets her way.
“Honey Raye also has a darker side, when it comes to her nemesis, Joveeta Crumpler. You won't believe what happens after decades of dislike for Joveeta,” Downs says.
Helping Honey Raye in her mission to save her hometown are her sisters Frankie (Adrienne Fischer), Twink (Christine Helsel) and Rhonda Lynn (Linda Stayer).
Directing the Apple Hill comedy is James Dixon of Export, who recently moved into the area from North Carolina.
He says the trilogy that focuses on the lives of the Futrell sisters is popular among theatergoers because the plays are “just like following your good friends. You want to know the good things in their lives but also want to know the bad things that happen. You are drawn into their lives and want to know if Twink ever gets married. Does Honey Raye find lucky husband No. 6? Or do Frankie and Dub lose their love for each other and get a divorce?”
All of these questions and more unresolved family issues will be answered in Apple Hill's production of “Southern Hospitality,” Dixon says.
The cast includes Rozella Hoffman, Alexandra Swartz, Mike Crosby, Larry Hart, Frankie Shoup, Rob Stull, Craig Soich, Clare Ratway and Tony Slomovski. Stephen Toth is stage manager.
Candy Williams is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Analysis: Kesler remains on Penguins’ radar as Shero looks bring back ‘Big 3’ formula
- ‘Un-American’? That’s Harry Reid, the Senate’s lowly smear artist
- Starkey: Steelers know when to say goodbye
- Pirates’ big risk with pitch-heavy draft focus might soon pay off
- Ex-Colts executive Polian: Approach free agency with caution
- With so many needs, Steelers can ill afford to miss in draft
- Penguins GM Shero’s deadline deals: Addition by subtraction
- Air force chief: Malaysia jet may have turned back
- Expats renounce citizenship over U.S. tax hassles
- SUV flips onto its side on Parkway East
- Steelers defense doesn’t make the grade in 2013 review