By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette
The Doublewide, Texas series of plays has been a regular staple of the Warehouse Living Arts Center. After productions of Doublewide, Texas and A Doublewide, Texas Christmas, this new adventure brings a familiar group of cast and characters back in a modern romp of social media influencers, caffeine addiction, and dance contests.
Under the direction of Jay Jones (with assistance from Rachel Williams), Honky Tonk Hissy Fit: A Doublewide, Texas Sequel finds the town’s population having grown to seventeen mobile homes a weekend farmers market, and a vacation rental trailer. This time, the residents find themselves up against a mega-corporation in Austin with plans to change the entire town. It’s up to Mayor Joveeta Crumpler (Alyssa Dunnahoe) to save her friends, the town, and the day.
The cast is a mix of established performers and newcomers bringing the town to life:
Joveeta Crumpler – Alyssa Dunnahoe
Caprice Crumpler – Alicia Rogers
Baby Crumpler – Ethan Herrin
Haywood Sloggett – Tom Herrin
Lark Barken – Rachel Williams
Nash Sloggett – Charlie Dunnahoe
Georgia Dean – Darlene Pleiner
Big Ethel – Debbie Bigler
Harper Channing – Anna Stroder-Ewing
The new recastings work well with favorite actors from previous shows, and the chemistry for everyone is solid. The new story is filled with familiar set ups for characters (Caprice Crumpler’s love of chasing stardom, Baby’s Crumpler’s eager to please nature sending him from one zany misadventure to the next) that provides quite a few fun and new twists.
The show remains consistently funny with clever dialogue and lots of physical comedy throughout. There’s a later scene that references the classic “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” song and…. Let’s just say it remains one of the show’s best highlights.
For theatre audiences on the lookout for good-natured comedy this summer, Honky Tonk Hissy Fit: A Doublewide, Texas Sequel, hits the sweet spot for fun and humor. This is one summer comedy audiences won’t want to miss.
Performances run until Sunday, June 11 starting at 7:30 p.m for June 6, 8, 9, 10, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 11. Ticket reservations can be made online at theWLAC.com, by calling 903-872-5421, or visiting the WLAC box office, located at 119 W. Sixth Avenue.
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