DEARLY BELOVED: Donnie Lawrence, owner of Eternal Tranquil Chapel, is an over-the-top cliché. His mother moved into his lower Alabama waterfront home and keeps asking, “When are you getting married?” adding “I want grandchildren before I die” and “The patter of little feet will be like beating to my heart.”
Coming out doesn’t help. Neither does blurting out a name before the groom-to-be knows. Confessing to his receptionist/secretary does ease Donnie’s conscious, but she winds up being his mother’s Plan B. No wonder Donnie is having a mid-life crisis enabled by the ghost of his dead father.
Life changes following the death of a child. Kumbaya Night featuring a drag queen gospel trio at Dearly Beloved furthers the transformation.
SECOND BLESSING: Mildred doesn’t think she’s holier-than-thou; she knows it. Her Second Blessing confirms it. But after choking on Communion, she begins to doubt. Will her faith crumble because of a family secret?