A show full of Southern heart

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 12:32 PM

A Southern wedding is about to begin. The smell of roasted pork is in the air. The covered dishes are set up on the table, spoon handles sticking out of the multi-colored Tupperware. The drunken preacher has been replaced by a UPS deliveryman, who is in seminary on the side. But, where are the bride and groom?

“Dearly Beloved,” the unofficial sequel to “Dearly Departed,” opened on Friday at Hudson Uptown Building as its 17th dinner theatre show. Directed by Keith Smith, the Southern comedy follows the Futrelle sisters trying to get Tina Jo down the aisle. But the feuding between the sisters, the missing married couple-to-be and a ruined wedding reception dinner, mother-of-the-bride Frankie is at the end of her rope. Struggling with a recent and hush-hush diagnosis, Frankie would rather talk with her dead mother than have a conversation with either of her outrageous sisters.

Carolyn Icard, playing Geneva Musgraves, gives a rousing performance as the flower boutique owner whose kooky characteristics made her a hilarious character, even though the character would have no idea why anyone would laugh. As she stomped around the stage in a bright blue dress and red cowboy boots Thursday night, Icard delivered every line brilliantly, packing a punch over the audience’s laughter with her wild mannerisms.

Brittany Poe played the bride and her twin sister Gina Jo. While the bride was a small part to play, Poe provided a beautiful contrast between Tina and Gina. There was a distinct difference between “trashy,” glitter-loving Tina and timid, innocent Gina.

Before the show begins, the Daniel Boone Inn caters with fried chicken, country ham, baked apples, mashed potatoes, biscuits and strawberry shortcake.

“Dearly Beloved” begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:30 p.m. The show continues on April 5, 10, 11 and 12. Tickets for the dinner and performance are $30. Tickets for just the show are $15. Call 828-726-8871 for tickets and more information.