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Tammy Wynette
Dignity Players' twisted family comedy 'Sordid Lives' shines

Dignity Players caps its 2011 season with Del Shores' 1996 comedy "Sordid Lives," about a dysfunctional Texas family that could compete in sleaze and shock with most reality TV show stars — and beat them all in laughs. In his program statement, Dignity's artistic director, Mickey Lund, reminds us that the company's message of tolerance, love and acceptance is evident here, although "its delivery is much more light-hearted and fun than you may be accustomed to at Dignity Players." The comic touch is deft, and the hilarity is a welcome departure from the company's usually more serious reflections on social issues. Here, a message of tolerance...