Pocahontas, Arkansas

Downtown Playhouse

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Patrick Carroll, D. D. S. and McNabb Funeral Homes 

In the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
"Not since STEEL MAGNOLIAS has a more colorful and dysfunctional group of Southern eccentrics gathered below the Mason-Dixon line..."    — NY Post. 

"Dearly Departed is drop dead funny."  — NY Daily News.


July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and

August 3, 4, 5, 10 & 11

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Friday & Saturday Show Times

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Show begins at 7:30 pm

Sunday Show Time

Doors open at 1:00 pm

Show begins at 2:00 pm


Dessert and Beverage service

closes 15 minutes prior to showtime.

Before purchasing your tickets, please take a moment to look at the dessert and beverage offerings now, so when you reach the questionnaire at the close of your purchase transaction you'll know what choices each member of your party wishes to 



Strawberry Creme Pie

Key Lime Pie

Triple Chocolate Cake

Sugar-Free Parfait

Desserts are subject to change based on availability.


Caramel Cappuccino, or Sugar Free Caramel Cappuccino 

French Vanilla Cappuccino or Sugar Free French Vanilla Cappuccino 

Hazelnut Cappuccino or Sugar Free Hazelnut Cappuccino

Mocha Cappuccino or Sugar Free Mocha Cappuccino

Coffee or Decaf Coffee


Sweet Iced Tea. Unsweetened Iced Tea, 

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Diet Sprite or Ice Water


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