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Article Date 3/1/2017

Title Laugh It Up With "Southern Fried Funeral"


   We know, we know! The word "funeral" doesn't sound like this a comedy, but it is; after all, the first three letters of the word are F-U-N. Besides, has the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild ever let audiences down when it promises to deliver comedy? Below are the particulars as this show nears its opening night.

   The writing team that just goes by Osborne & Eppler, describes the show in the following way:  Dewey Frye is dead and the rest of his family is left to pick up the pieces -- that is if they don't kill each other first. Not only does matriarch Dorothy have to contend with sudden widowhood, but she's also faced with church-committee harpy Ozella Meeks sticking her nose in the family business, Dewey's snake-in-the-grass brother making a grab for her house, and two grown daughters reliving their childhood rivalry. Funerals bring out the worst, the best, and the funniest in people and the Fryes are no exception. A big-hearted comedy about family -- Southern-style.

The cast is a troupe of eleven players. They have spent a long rehearsal process to get all the nuances and wording of each character just right under the direction of veteran Guilder Terry A. Fye.  Kathy S. Dinsmore is the widow Dorothy Frye and Morgan Barrett, Ilona Fye and Luke Deet are her three children Sammy Jo, Harlene and Dewey Jr., respectively. Joining them are Tony Simmons as Dub, the deceased?s brother; Doug Fye as family lawyer Atticus; Tim Cooper as Beecham, Sammy Jo?s husband; Laura Deets and Krystol Elkin as  Dorothy?s friends Martha Ann & Fairy June;  S. Thomas Curry as Benny, the deceased?s best friend and Sandy Gearhart as Ozella, representative of the funeral committee.

   Not to be neglected are the usual able crew of Matt Dinsmore, Debra Dinsmore and Charlotte Fye, as well as, newcomers Joe Estes and Meredith Evans, they have all assisted the director in bringing the Frye?s family dilemma to the stage.

    Now, all it needs is an audience to take it in, to enjoy and laugh. Southern Fried       Funeral runs a total of five performances. The dates are Friday, March 03 & Saturday, March 04 followed by Friday, March 10 & Saturday, March 11 beginning at 7:30pm. The show concludes on Sunday, March 12 with a 2:00pm matinee. 

  Start PTAG?s new season right with a good dose of laughter courtesy of the Frye family. See you at the show!