Lesser Tuna

Uptown Players get down to some mean family bidness in Sordid Lives

Costume designer Adam M. Dill has collected a crazy quilt of outfits for Sordid's citizens. A red fringed jacket here, a gigantic black lace mantilla there. Women decked out like sparkly Christmas trees. Men stripped down to wild-patterned boxers. In this comedy, the costumes get their own laughs.

Dill's wardrobe must have eaten up the design budget. Set designer-builder Andy Redmon offers only three flimsy flats, crudely sponge-painted and starkly dressed.

Allyn Carrell, Lisa Hassler and Angela Wilson (left to right) sort out the family squabbles in Uptown Players' Sordid Lives. Below: The script is long on bawdy comedy and short on subtlety--here, a trio of beer-swiggin' yahoos are forced to strip down by a pair of gun-toting housewives.
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Allyn Carrell, Lisa Hassler and Angela Wilson (left to right) sort out the family squabbles in Uptown Players' Sordid Lives. Below: The script is long on bawdy comedy and short on subtlety--here, a trio of beer-swiggin' yahoos are forced to strip down by a pair of gun-toting housewives.

Oh, well, the characters are colorful enough on their own.

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