'Dearly Departed' provides laughs to die for

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By Sara Miller

A headstone can be the most permanent testament to how one is remembered in the world. “Mean and surly,” are the words that Raynelle Turpin wants above the final resting place of her husband, Bud. When Buds keels over at the breakfast table while pouring whisky on his cornflakes, Raynelle and the rest of the Turpin family are forced to pull together as only a good Southern family in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible belt can do. What ensues is the hilarious and often touching show “Dearly Departed,” which opens at Conifer’s StageDoor Theatre on Friday.

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