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Greater Tuna

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard

COMPANY : Theatre in the Square [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Theatre in the Square [WEBSITE]
ID# 3745

SHOWING : June 20, 2010 - July 18, 2010

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

hilarious comedy set in Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas. Two actors play all the inhabitants of Tuna – men, women, children, and animals. And while the laughs come thick and fast, there is real warmth and heart hidden in Tuna. Recommended for age 16 and up due to some colorful language. Contact Theatre in the Square’s box office at 770-422-8369 ext. 10 or go to www.theatreinthesquare.com for schedule, more information or to purchase tickets. $25-$35, Previews June 20&22 $14


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Ed Howard
Scenic Designer John Thigpen
Multiple rolse including Arles, Didi, Ve Bryan Mercer
Multiple characters including Thurston, Bill Murphey
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Glass Ranchhouses
by Dedalus
Monday, July 19, 2010
4.5
Howdy, y’all! I sure do hope all y’all’re havin’ a sparkly delightful summer (I do, I do!). If only it was as dry as a Texas dust devil, I think we’d all be a mite more comfy and toasty.

Somethin’ that made my week shine a little bit more was another trip to Tuna, TX. I’ll be durned if Theatre in the Square didn’t move that ole Lone Star Flag from the floor of Alley Stage to the big main stage up front and plunk down two fine and dandy actors on top of it to play all the folks of Tuna TX. And I’ll be durned if the whole blamed thing doesn’t just wiggle along as smooth as a silky sidewinder dumped out of a Gulf oil spill, just like last Christmas.

Now, if you haven’t heard by this time, “Greater Tuna” is the first in the popular “Tuna, Texas” series by Joe Sears, Jaston Williams, and Ed Howard. These plays are character portraits (if y’all will forgive a high-falutin’ phrase) of the residents of tiny Tuna, in which pr’t’ near everyone (man, woman, child, and critter) are played by two actors (supported by what has to be a squadron of backstage dressers). These folks are silly and funny, but I’ll be hornswoggled if they don’t occasionally reach into my belly and tie a knot of somethin’ serious and pleasant. Granted, I do have a certain fondness for all these folks, but that’s a whole different march to another kettle of fish.

To recap some of the various stories happening on stage – well, let’s just say that Petey Fisk is raising the dog population of the Bumiller garage, RC Snaveley is still chasin’ that UFO, Aunt Pearl’s poison pills have taken out the wrong dog, and the judge who sentenced Stanley to reform school has gone to meet his maker in one of Betty Grable’s sexiest swimsuits. In any case, radio personalities Arles and Thurston have a piece to say about pr’t’ near everything and everybody (they do, they do!). Fans of the play can expect a return visit to be as comfortable and aggravating as a visit to those distant relatives you’re not exactly sure you still like.

Now, on to the beef of the matter, Bryan Mercer and William S. Murphey give two dozen mighty fine and funny performances. Mr. Mercer is very convincing in all the lady parts he visits (not to mention good old Petey Fisk), and Mr. Murphey finds laughs in the most movin’ scenes and finds a flicker of feeling in the most silly scenes. These two work together like grits and beans, and never even raise a sweat in their many costume switcheroos. They make it look easy.

Some fancy Yankee writers say the Tuna plays make the characters look foolish and silly, and true Texans should oughta hate ‘em. I’m inclined to see the sparks of folks I really know in all of ‘em, and laugh at the all the eccentricities that can be ugly if they weren’t so funny.

So, all I can say to all y’all is you would do yourselves a favor by moseyin’ on over to the Theatre in the Square (which, of course, the Smut Snatchers won’t let me abbreviate) in Marietta GA (a big city by Tuna standards, I reckon), and visit with some folks you may (or may not) have visited before.

You’ll have a fine time, y’hear?

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)

Note: If all this sounds vaguely familiar, well, it is a bit of a rewrite of the piece I wrote about “Tuna Christmas” (it is, it it)1. Ah, just can’t help myself. It’s summertime, and I’m just too durn tuckered to tinker with a totally new write-up. Besides, it’s Tuna, ain’t it? If it was praised once and it’s just as good, it certainly bears repeatin’, it does it does!
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