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Southern Fried Chickie

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Christy McBrayer resents the term "white trash"; she prefers "debris blanc." In the one-woman show that she wrote herself, McBrayer recounts her homecoming to the town of Saltillo, Miss., to reestablish her roots and relationships after moving to Southern California to become an actress. In her show, which debuted locally earlier this year, she transforms into all the memorable, eccentric women who played a part in her life growing up down South, whether it be her old high school friends, her chain-smoking gossipy aunt or her sister in jail. Directed by Rita Sheffield, Southern Fried Chickie inspired praise from LA Weekly, which called it a "slick, funny, tightly constructed show with just enough sentiment and pathos to give it ballast." Variety praised the actress' "ability to lose herself within the personas of some truly memorable down-home folk." McBrayer's characterizations of those rural Southern characters are completed with the help of musical pieces by what McBrayer calls her "redneck Greek chorus," Brad Hallenbeck and Keefe LeRoy. Tickets to this weekly run through September are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors/military personnel.

6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21; through Sept. 25

True Brew, 200 Julia St., 524-8440; www.southernfriedchickie.com

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