What Is the Story of Southern Discomfort?
Elisabeth Gray brings a taste of her North Carolina roots to the off-Broadway stage in Southern Discomfort. Inspired by real southerners Gray met while growing up, the intimate show is a series of short monologues. The versatile actress switches effortlessly between six zany characters from ages 16 to 92: Julia Hanover, an aspiring actress obsessed with facial symmetry; William Ernest Fells, a highly organized widower delivering his wife’s eulogy on color-coded business cards; Josh Robinson Riddle, a one-armed boy with a passion for Civil War weaponry; and more. In each short piece, Gray reveals the haunting, inner loneliness each character faces while simultaneously keeping the audience in stitches.
Should I See It?
What Is Southern Discomfort Like? Southern Discomfort is staged in the intimate Huron Club below the SoHo Playhouse. The venue features several round tables, a row of barstools and a small stage with just enough room for Gray and her large trunk of props and costumes. Clocking in at 60 minutes, Southern Discomfort offers six wacky slices of life, told with humor and sensitivity by Gray.
Is Southern Discomfort Good For Kids?
No. This production contains adult language and themes, and kids aren’t likely to be interested in the subject matter.