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A Tuna Christmas

a Holiday Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA IMPROV CHILDREN MUSICAL PUPPET
by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard

COMPANY : Big Top Productions
VENUE : Big Top Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1836

SHOWING : December 01, 2006 - December 23, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The hilarious sequel to the hit comedy, "Greater Tuna"! Come spend the holidays with all your old favorite citizens of Tuna, Texas, third smallest town in Texas.


Atlanta favorites Jeff McKerley and Robert Hadaway, along with some split-second costume changes, portray all 24 citizens of Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.


This time, it's 24 hours before Christmas and all comic hell is about to break loose as the delightfully eccentric characters attempt to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theatre production of "A Christmas Carol", and a yard decorating contest that is being sabotaged by a mysterious Christmas phantom! Bring the whole family and join in the holiday fun!


Directed by Ed Howard, co-author of "Greater Tuna" and "A Tuna Christmas". Off-Broadway, Howard has directed Greater Tuna and Laughing Stock written by Romulus Linney and starring Frances Sternhagen. On Broadway he directed A Tuna Christmas.


December 1 - December 23, 2006

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees at 3 pm


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Ed Howard
Costume Designer Sonny Knox
Lighting Designer Tristan Ludden
Cast Robert Hadaway
Cast Jeff McKerley
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REVIEWS

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Good Time Celebratin' Noel, It Is, It is!
by Dedalus
Thursday, December 28, 2006
4.0
I wanna thank the kind folks at OKKK Radio for lettin’ me have the microphone for a little bit here to talk about Big Top Productions’ Big Cast Production of “A Tuna Christmas” by those nice folks who brought us “Greater Tuna” and a few other sequels. As you loyal readers know, my real name is Jim Bob Dedalus of the Amarillo Dedali, so these folks made me feel right at home.

I have a bit of history with this play. A production 10 years ago up at the So-ciety Hill Playhouse in that old City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia if you can’t figure it out) was my first paid Lighting Design gig. I’m not the one to say whether or not I did it justice, but no one came to me to say “You ain’t workin’ in this town no more,” even though I didn’t cuz my pretty and talented wife and I moved to these parts not too long after that, we did, we did!

Anyhow, that “Feather” fella (or is it a gal?) got it right on this nose. These two guys McKerley and Hadaway were funnier than a perfume maker chasin’ a skunk. A lot funnier than the two guys up in Philly. (What do they know about Texas in Philadelphia anyway? In Texas, we eat Beef, not Cheesesteak …). Big Top’s guys were good playin men, women, and children, and didn’t make the classic mistake of using fake-o falsetto voice-o’s or treating each other like they were men wearin’ a dress, but like they were real people. This made all the mood shifts between funny and not-so-funny work like they were in a real play with men, women, and children, and not just two guys who sometimes put on a dress with the help of what must have been a thousand backstage dressers.

There were no big pauses for too-slow-for-San-Antonio costume changes, and the set changes whizzed on and off like the whole army of Santayanna were on their tailcoats, they did, they did! Even that goofy flyin’ saucer bit worked, ‘cause the folks on stage made us believe it was there. It helped that one of the playwrights, Ed Howard, actually directed these folks. If Mr. Hadaway occasionally strained for a word or two, or Mr. McKerley went too far over the top … well, this was a Big Top Production, it was, it was! If these little things can be nitpicked, it would only be by a Scrooge still waitin’ for those Ghosts.

Anyway, the play has closed, so it doesn’t matter what I say, Does it? Thanks again to the folks at OKKK and to Mr. Howard and Mr. McKerley, and Mr. Hadaway for givin’ me and the missus a rousin’ good time. See y’all next year!

For Theaterreview.com, this has been Jim Bob Dedalus of the Amarillo Dedali …


-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)



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oh dedalus by feather
u r so right on. i wish i can go back n see this again n again. the roles r stuck 4ever in my brain.

god ............................... #$@$ its funny. it is. it is.
totally fab!
by feather
Monday, December 18, 2006
5.0
all i can say is wow! i didnt even want to come see this show but friends had tickets and its free. ok im cheap. but i saw oklahoma here earlier this year and it was ok but not 2 good. omg, not this! tuna christmas is probably the funnest time ive ever had watching a play. yes ive seen more serious dramas and incredable musicals at nyc and the fox. but nothing like this. ok its a comedy with cross dressing and crazy costume changes. but omg wow! i like rob hadaway but omg jeff mckerley is totally fabulous. its the first ive seen him and he is brillant. i dont think ive ever liked a guy watching an actor more. ive seen nathan lane and hes great but the difference here is how intiment the theater is and how up close u are and how much the action involves u in the audience. u jsut cant get that on b-way. and jeff mckerly is just as good as nathan lane. omg did i just say that? omg omg omg. and who would have thought u can see something like this in a small theater in marietta/? unbelievable. this is sooooooooooooooo funny. this is soooooooooooooo good. omg! u need to see this!!!!!!!!!!

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Feather by wandering thespian
Hello Feather. Are you still be able to attend our "A Christmas Carol" at Theatre On Main (formally Cobb Playhouse)?
not sure by feather
ill try
fundemonium!
by convivial
Sunday, December 10, 2006
5.0
Another major hit from Big Top Productions! This is killer funny. I"ve seen the original cast, and these two guys did as well or better (two guys play 22 characters). Take your medicine for side-splitting before you go. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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