Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sordid Lives

Saturday, June 28, 1:15 pm, Castro Theatre, SORD28C

Sordid Lives has two main threads running through it: Ty, a young man who has moved from a small town in Texas to Los Angeles to be an actor, and his relatives back home, including a crazy (as in mental hospital) uncle "Brother Boy" (Leslie Jordan). Ty is a closet case, struggling to come out even to himself, getting no sympathy from his therapist, but offered a helping hand from an actor auditioning for the same play. Of course, it's obvious to everyone else that Ty is as queer as a three-dollar bill. (Historical footnote: the Republic of Texas, from 1836 to 1845, did have a $3 bill) Meanwhile, back in Texas, Mama has gone missing and Brother Boy is dealing with the crippling news that his idol Tammy Wynette has passed on.

Sordid Lives is a campy, over-the-top soap opera, but it needn't be a shameful "guilty pleasure." Hold your head up high and enjoy it openly. Highly recommended

Sordid Lives (tv series preview), dir. Del Shores, 2008 USA 44 min.

The full series debuts on the LOGO channel July 23rd (2008-07-23).

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