Sordid Lives is a Southern-fried carnival of a funeral: Homophobes get their comeuppance and love conquers all, right in front of the corpse. Sandra McCord, Susan Soesbe, Cynthia Drumbor and Angela R. Thompson cut loose as working-class women of a certain age—though Thompson’s tight-lipped and even tighter-assed Latrelle is mostly a comic foil for the others. Bethany Hidden, in fine voice as Bitsy Mae Harling, serves as a twangy chorus—and provides one helluva rendition of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” Steve Thompson plays the sensitive Ty, the family’s second-generation gay man, with gentle good humor. But the kudos go to Kevin Leonard as a Tammy Wynette-obsessed transvestite homosexual and Raylynn Saunders as the therapist who wants to cure him.
Lambda Players Theatre; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, $13-$16.50. 2427 17th Street, (916) 444-8229, www.lambdaplayers.com. Through June 30.