Don't be judgmental. In a 1996 review of Jeffrey Hatcher's play performed by Connecticut's Theater Works, The New York Times urged theater-goes not to presume "a funeral parlor setting means instant depression or absurdist farce." This Piccolo production is being presented by Myrtle Beach's Atlantic Stage, and founding member Sandi Shackelford promises that there are plenty of zingers.
Good things come in threes. The play follows three people in a small-town funeral home who are sitting in reflection with three different corpses. The individual monologues about the deceased tell tales of longing, anguish, and the ups and downs of marriage.
This show flies by. Because the show is divided into three vignettes, Shackelford says the pace of the performance is quick, without the stagnation that can accompany monologues.