Palm Canyon Theatre to premiere ‘This Side of Crazy’ by Del Shores

The Del Shores and Palm Springs love affair continues with the Palm Springs premiere of This Side of Crazy, slated for one weekend only at Palm Canyon Theatre, starting November 18. The performance follows the successful run of Shores’ Sordid Lives in September.

“I’m so excited that Palm Canyon Theatre will be the first production in Palm Springs of this soon-to-be classic, This Side of Crazy,” said Se Layne, the theater’s co-artistic director. 

Shores is planning to join theater-goers live to introduce the show on opening night, and will participate in a question and answer session afterward.

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WHAT: This Side of Crazy, by veteran playwright Del Shores

WHEN: November 18 through 21

WHERE: Palm Canyon Theatre, 538 North Palm Canyon Drive

TIMES: Thursday, November 18, 7 PM; Friday, November 19, 8 PM; Saturday, November 20, 8 PM; Sunday, November 21, 2 PM

TICKETS: Tickets are $29.50, and $15.00 for students. They can be purchased online at, via phone at 760-323-5123, or at the box office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM until 4 PM.

The plot of This Side of Crazy evolves around Ditty Blaylock, the most prolific singer in gospel music history, who is being honored by Gospel Music Network.  But there is one glitch: Ditty has promised a reunion of The Blaylock Sisters, her three adult daughters who were once national sensations known as “Little Superstars for Jesus.” 

Rachel, the oldest sister, who lives with Ditty, is furious when she finds out that her baby sister Bethany, an atheist and lesbian, and Abigail, her middle sister, who has “anger issues” and currently is confined to a mental facility, are headed home. These complicated sisters have been estranged for over 25 years — and extreme past circumstances, including a husband left in a coma, have made reconciliation impossible.  Once reunited, secrets are revealed, tempers flare and family wounds are exposed.  But … the show must go on!

Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of This Side of Crazy is directed by Richard Marlow and has a strong cast of four powerful female actors: Deborah Harman, Yo Younger, Denise Strand and Melanie Blue.

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