Pastor Phil (played by Jesse Lenat) cautions his congregation against the pleasures of sin as Junie Lashley (played by Lori Fischer) listens intently and sister Lashley (played by Carter Calvert) remains skeptical. (photo: Joe Schuyler)
Review by Greg Haymes
Mama abandoned the family more than 30 years ago when her two daughters were young.
Daddy, who owns the Sparkley Clean Dry Cleaners in Tennessee, is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s.
Blonde bombshell daughter Lashley, a thrice-divorced former country music semi-star, deals with her problems by diving into a bottle.
Mousey, plain-jane, older sister Junie is Lashley’s harmony singer, though she’s tried of living in the shadow of her sister and yearns for a spotlight of her own while acting as the care-taker for her father and unsuccessfully attempting to keep Lashley semi-sober.
And then there’s Pastor Phil, a guilt-ridden, lust-driven man of the cloth with a gambling addiction, whose wife has run off and left him.
Sounds pretty much like the perfect ingredients for a classic country song, don’t it?
A train, you say? Why, yes, there’s got to be a train, and indeed a train rumbles through the rockin’ “All You Can Eat Liver and Onions” near the top of act two.
So why is it that “The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers” – currently having its world premiere at the Capital Repertory Theatre in downtown Albany – is too frequently derailed?