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Six Characters In Search Of A Play

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Oct 1, 2019
'Six Characters In Search Of A Play'
'Six Characters In Search Of A Play'  

Queer writer/performer Del Shores is the comic genius who created classic gay plays/films such as "Sordid Lives" and "Southern Baptist Sissies" that made us re-think about what it's like to be queer in the Deep South. It wasn't just Brother Boy that gave Leslie Jordan the best role of his career, it was also the whole wonderfully absurd cast of wacky characters that gave us a whole new meaning of the world that they were a part of.

Shores possesses an enviable talent of being able to milk humor out of the most mundane daily events, which, according to him, are always so much funnier when they take place in the South. He also riffs on the fact that all of his work now gets him recognized as a "minor gay celebrity."

"Stealing" the idea from Pirandello's "Six Characters In Search of An Author"... or, rather, borrowing it... his latest film, "Six Characters In Search Of A Play," is of his one-man show, based on his observations of life around him. With his rapid-fire wit, Shores starts by explaining why these six one-of-a-kind characters he has met in real life that haven't quite made it into one of his plays, films, or TV shows. Yet.

His memory is peppered with his talent for exaggeration (although he will no doubt claim that every word is true) as he introduces us to his coterie of five women and one man. There is his Aunt Bobby Sue, who has a heart of gold even though she is a rabid Republican racist; Yvonne, an anti-vegetarian waitress who we cannot fail to love when she goes off on her anti-P..C. rant; and elderly Sarah, who is managing to smoke herself to death in between using her inhaler and screaming at Trump on the TV.

Shores has a great rapport with his audience and so easily wins us over because the fact is, no now matter how eccentric and batty these characters are, he loves them all very much. By the end of this film, we do, too.

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.

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