And that’s just the first act. In the second, Bailey’s Uncle Jim Buddy cuts off the tip of his finger. She takes Mama to see “The Silence of the Lambs,” and she and her sister clear out a lot of the clutter around the house. Mama goes camping and decides to write her memoirs. Bailey becomes a volunteer firefighter. Mama prepares roadkill for dinner and teaches a neighboring taxidermist how to cook. “Cooking’s not like tanning hides,” she tells him. “It’s all about developing a nice sense of proportion.”
A sense of proportion isn’t really on the menu in “Mama Makes Up Her Mind.” There’s a repetitive vocal cadence to a lot of Howell’s narration that grows monotonous. And there isn’t much distinction between the many roles played by Higgins, who appears in drag for some of them without bothering to alter or adjust his voice or mannerisms.
A little variation in the skits could have gone a long way in distinguishing them and keeping them from running together. In a couple of scenes — when Mama and Bailey encounter a bald eagle, or when Bailey recounts assisting the victim of an auto accident — Thomas cues a bit of mood music to suggest a poignancy or nuance that the rest of show otherwise sorely lacks.
“Mama Makes Up Her Mind”
Through Feb. 9. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 5 only). $15-$34. ART Station Theatre, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. 770-469-1105. artstation.org.
Bottom line: Still corny after all these years.